The tumultuous uproar in Assam over the Centre’s recent move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus fleeing to escape religious persecution there has taken a new dimension after a new body was floated recently by those who once led Assam Agitation.
Christened the Asom Andolon Sangram Manch (AASM), the newly-floated body has now threatened to challenge New Delhi’s recent notification aimed at benefitting the displaced Hindu Bengalis in the Supreme Court.
Comprising persons who were key players in the Assam’s Anti-foreigners’ Movement, the body has prominent leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), with former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta as its chief advisor.
A delegation of AASM is currently touring the National Capital and has met President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari and submitted memorandums to them. The AASM staging a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 25th September to voice their opposition to the Centre’s latest move.
Interacting with the media after meeting the President and Vice President, Mahanta said that besides challenging the notification, they are also exploring the possibility of filing an intervention petition in the ongoing case on illegal migration from Bangladesh.
He remarked: ‘The notification issued by Government of India is absolutely arbitrary, illegal and violative of not only the various provisions of the Constitution, but also the basic structure of the Constitution, as it has nullified the Assam Accord and the Citizenship Act 1955’.
Slamming the BJP-led NDA Government for bringing the notification, Mahanta alleged that it was done to undermine the Assam Accord. He charged that instead of working towards implementing the Assam Accord, the BJP is going in the opposite direction. First they ratified and implemented the controversial Land Boundary Agreement, then with an eye on the 2016 Assembly polls, it has brought out the notification to woo the Bengali Hindu voters.