|Jamiat vows to defend Assam Accord in SC|
NEW DELHI, May 2 - A day after Assam Jamiat expressed its opposition to a proposal to fix a new cut-off year, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind today said they will take a strong stand to defend the Assam Accord in the Supreme Court.
Addressing a press conference here, the organisation’s national president Qari Mohammed Usman Mansoorpuri, general secretary Maulana Mehmood Madani and Assam Jamiat president Maulana Badruddin Ajmal alleged that some groups with vested interest had filed cases in the Supreme Court, claiming that instead of the cut-off year of 1971 the base year should be 1951 to decide the citizenship of people of Assam.
These very groups also have challenged the validity of the Assam Accord claiming it as unconstitutional and they want the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be updated with 1951 as the base year, said the Jamiat leaders.
As the issue was related to one-third population of Assam, Ajmal has decided to defend the Assam Accord and Section 6A of the Citizenship Act of 1955. “We are also opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” he said.
Assam has been facing a turmoil since the last 18 years on the issue of large-scale infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals. The successive governments, mostly led by the Congress, kept the issue alive for many decades for political gains, to get votes of these people who were under threat of being turned into illegal migrants, Ajmal said. “Now the situation has taken a serious turn on the eve of the hearing of the case in the Supreme Court,” he added.
The Jamiat leader claimed that the Congress Government of Assam had afflicted three serious blows to the minorities of Assam. “Firstly, by causing annulment of the IM(DT) Act by filing a weak and poor affidavit and by not properly placing facts before the court,” he said.
Secondly, by constituting the Assam Police (Border) Department for detection of foreigners arbitrarily and without any basis and exempting those illegal action of the police from the purview of the RTI Act, 2005, he said, adding, the third blow came in the form of withdrawal of ration cards from the custody of such card holders and exempting documents in preparation of the NRC.
Launching a direct attack on the Congress party, Ajmal said that the State Government under their leadership has already consented to regularisation of Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist migrants from Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 as citizens of India and the Central Government has notified it duly.
Ajmal also expressed concern over the fate of those who are housed in detention centres. He further wondered about the fate of the 48 lakh people whose names were segregated during the ongoing NRC update process following court orders.