NEW DELHI, Jan 12 - A day after MP Bezbaruah quit as the chairman of the committee on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today held a meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The Union Home Minister held three back-to-back meetings with Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and Sonowal, immediately after the conclusion of the BJP’s national council meeting.
Sonowal did not interact with media persons after the meeting, but NEDA convener and State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told newsmen that Singh discussed measures to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and the ST status proposed to be given to six communities of the State, with the Assam Chief Minister.
As already reported, chairman of the Clause 6 implementation panel Bezbaruah dashed off a letter to the Home Minister last night, conveying his decision to quit the committee as it has become defunct after several members opted out of it.
Singh directed Sonowal to submit the modalities for grant of ST status to the six communities without affecting the rights of the existing tribal communities.
Meanwhile, addressing the BJP’s national council on Saturday, minister Sarma mentioned the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and detailed the measures taken by the Assam Government to protect the interests of the Hindu Bengalis. He also mentioned the steps to safeguard the indigenous people, party sources said.
Sarma narrated his experience with the Congress party and recalled his last meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, added the sources.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa said that the Opposition has taken advantage of the situation in the aftermath of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.
All the concerns expressed by the agitators have been discussed in the JPC and recommendations made, he added.
Tasa reiterated that the BJP leaders are committed to the people of Assam, and that the State Government is ready to provide all safeguards. A committee has been constituted to look into these issues, Tasa, who was a member of the JPC, said.