GUWAHATI, Dec 29 - Slamming the State government for its “total failure” in protecting the interests of the people of Assam, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) today demanded dismissal of the government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Addressing a press conference here, AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in the State only after they had promised to protect the identity of the Assamese. They had also promised to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, but now they are welcoming more illegal immigrants through the newly amended Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) by violating the Assam Accord and the basic structure of the Constitution.”
“The core of the Assam Accord is to detect and deport illegal immigrants from the State but the State and Central governments have broken the spirit of the Assam Accord. Protecting the interests of the indigenous communities and simultaneously allowing the illegal migrants to enter the country up to 2014 to stay in Assam is both misleading and ridiculous. People from all walks of life have come on to the street to protest against the decision of the government to grant citizenship to these Bangladeshis and to assert that under no circumstances they are going to accept this Act,” he added.
Clarifying the stand of the AIUDF, Islam said the party strongly opposes the CAA and will continue to do so. A writ petition was also filed by the party over the vexed Act.
The party also accused the BJP-led government of trying to divide the people of the North East on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act issue. “It is not the issue of Hindus and Muslims, but to detect the illegal migrants irrespective of religion and deport them from the State. But, the government is failing to do so. So, we demand the resignation of all the ministers of the Assam government, owning moral responsibility for failing to protect the interests of the Assamese people,” he further said.
The party also demanded a clear stand from the Central government on the National Register of Citizens issue. “The Home Minister is saying that a pan-India NRC exercise will be conducted, while the Prime Minister is denying it,” Islam said.