Assam BJP minority cell chief Mominul Awal on September 21st, 2019 said that the Muslim immigrants should not be given constitutional safeguard as per Clause 6 of Assam Accord.
The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord ensures constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
Awal added that the high-level committee on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord has received memorandums on three subjects for the implementation of the particular clause. “Firstly, not to waste time while implementing the clause looking for a date, year or definition of ‘indigenous’ or ‘Assamese’,” he said.
Awal said that the communities affected by the immigration should be given protection and in “no circumstances”, even the kin of immigrants from East Bengal or West Bengal should be given constitutional safeguard.
“The local communities are about to lose their political rights in 25 assembly seats to Muslim immigrants. Hence, these assembly seats should be reserved for the local communities. Some small communities like Hajong, Deori, Tea tribes have been deprived of representing in the Assam Legislative Assembly,” Awal said during a meeting at the Lakhidhar Borah Kshetra, Guwahati.
Awal raised demand for inclusion of the names of a few local communities whose names did not figure in the final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC). He also expressed his wish to hold a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the exclusion of names of Goria, Moria, tea tribes and others.