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BJP govt targeting only Muslims in Assam, minority body seeks intervention of Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI: Assam Minority Jatiya Parishad (AMJP) has sought the intervention of Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the ongoing eviction drive carried out by the BJP government in Assam alleging that it has adopted double standards in these operations.

In a petition filed in the Supreme Court,  AMJP stated that random eviction has been carried out in Assam only with a view to driving out the poor Muslims from government land who took shelter on such lands due devastating flood and erosion on the bank of river Brahmaputra.

Talking to Rising Kashmir, AMJP president, and former MLA, Abdul Aziz said the BJP government is evicting these people who became shelter- less and landless, without proper relief and rehabilitation in a very discriminatory and arbitrary manner.

The people belonging to all communities have taken shelter on government lands which are not useful for any propose. However, only the Muslims are being targeted without touching the people of other communities. He said we have submitted a petition to the Chief Justice of India seeking justice.

AMJP general secretary Ali Akbar Miah, who is also a former member of the Assam assembly, said that Muslim encroachers are being harassed, while Hindu Bengali encroachers are being allowed to go scot-free.

The minority outfit also alleged that since the BJP came to power in May last year, it is also interfering in the work of National Register of Citizens’  preparation with a view to deprive a large number of Muslims of citizenship.

Both minority leaders, who were here to file the petition, said,   “Those who have valid documents prior to March 25, 1971, should not be harassed in the name of illegal Bangladeshi. The landless people should not be evicted without providing proper relief and rehabilitation and add that the Clause 6A of the Assam Accord as amended should be left untouched.

The Assam Accord has specified a cut-off date of March 25, 1971, and accordingly, Section 6A was inserted in the Citizenship Act. However, a writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act without considering the fact that the provisions of Section 6A have already been accepted by all sections of the society in Assam, they said.

Two organizations have challenged the Constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act in the Supreme Court but we will defend it at any cost, Aziz said adding that ‘Doubtful/ Disputed ( in short, “D”)voters is a very strange provision in the preparation of voter list in  Assam.

Can a country have two set of rules for granting its citizenship rights, he asked as thousands have been declared doubtful voters in Assam.

He emphatically said it the NRC is prepared in the free, proper and impartial manner, it would have buried down the illegal foreigner’s issue in Assam.

Aziz also charged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal led BJP government in the state with doing nothing in its first eight months except targeting people of a particular community and evicting them.

Even a senior minister in the government openly said by according citizenship to Bengali Hindus, Assam can be prevented from becoming a Muslim-majority state, he added.

Both the leaders blamed perfume baron and president of   All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Maulana Badruddin Ajmal for the coming of BJP into the power in the state saying he fielded a large number of candidates in the last assembly elections that divided the Muslim vote.

Courtesy: Muslim Mirror