‘Committee on Assam Accord a poll gimmick’

The Narendra Modi government’s move to form a high-level committee for the effective implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord has been labelled a “poll gimmick” by political parties and organisations in Assam.Clause 6 of the Assam Accord seeks to provide “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to “protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”“This is an election stunt. The BJP has been in power for nearly five years. It has not fulfilled promises about granting Scheduled Tribe status to six communities of Assam and has now come up with a new set of promises. But the people will not fall for its election stunt,” Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP and spokesperson, said.The All Assam Students’ Union, which had ended a six-year agitation against illegal influx by signing the Assam Accord with the Centre in 1985, had a similar view. “This is an attempt to placate the Assamese people angered by the BJP’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/panel-on-assam-accord-a-poll-gimmick/article25904817.ece

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