Guwahati, November 21, 2019:

The Asom Songrami Mancha, an indigenous body, on Thursday accused the ruling BJP party of creating conflict by politicizing the cut of year for the registration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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The Asom Songrami Manch alleged that the BJP has created a rift between the Muslims (by terming them foreigners) and Hindu Bengalis as Indians, who have migrated to India from 1951-2014.

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Thus violating clause VI of the Assam Accord that says no individual will be given citizenship on the grounds of religion. Therefore, it has asked the BJP government not to divide the society based on Muslim, Hindu Bengali, and others.

The Manch added that the BJP and its alliance party here in Assam are trying their best to discard the NRC that was published under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

“On what basis did is the BJP government demanding the cut- off year to 1951 instead of 1971 after 34 years of singing the Assam Accord?”, questioned the Mancha.

Questioning whether the Modi government has been given assurance by the Bangladesh government to accept the illegal immigrants identified in Assam, the Manch stated that the Government must first make arrangements to relocate the migrants.

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The Mancha further urged the ruling government to correct the discrepancies that occurred during the process of drafting the NRC, rather than completely discarding it.

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