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1951 cut off date only for the purpose of clause 6 of Assam Accord- Assam Jatiya Parishad

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Guwahati: The Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), which was formed as a reaction to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), stated that the cut-off year of 1951 being talked about was only for the purpose of Clause 6 of Assam Accord.

The AJP stated that people who came to Assam between 1951 to 1971 had nothing to worry as they would be accorded all protections.

According to the Assam accord, signed after a six-year-long anti-foreigners’ movement led by the All Assam Students Union, the cut-off date for detection of foreigners in Assam is March 24, 1971.

The Clause 6 provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

A 14-member panel headed by retired Justice Biplab Kumar Sarma, which submitted its recommendations last year, has taken 1951 as the base for defining who is an Assamese. The definition of Assamese is required for operationalisation of Clause 6.

The report stated: “While providing constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards in terms of Clause 6 of Assam Accord, the term ‘Assamese People’ shall be construed as including: All citizens of India who are part of, Assamese community, residing in the Territory of Assam on or before 01.01.1951 Or Any indigenous Tribal Community of Assam residing in the Territory of Assam on or before 01.01.1951, Any other indigenous community of Assam residing in the Territory of Assam on or before 01.01.1951 Or All other citizens of India residing in the territory of Assam on or before 01.01.1951 And Descendants of the above categories.”

Lurinjyoti Gogoi, who is the president of the AJP promoted by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), said the “1951 base year is only for the purpose of clause 6 and people who came to Assam between 1951 – 1971 have nothing to worry. Assam has accepted them as per the Assam Accord. These people will be getting the security. They should not be worried.”

Those opposing the CAA including AASU argue that Assam had taken an extra load of foreigners from 1951-1971.

The AJP said if voted to power in the 2021 assembly elections, the party would launch a scheme under which unemployed youth of the state would get a monthly stipend.

Lurinjyoti said: “Youth till they find a source of income will get Rs 5,000 per month. Skilled unemployed youth belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society would get Rs 10,000.”

Reiterating the opposition to the CAA, he said: “We will maintain a distance from the Congress, BJP, Asom Gana Parishad, and will strive to have an alliance with regional parties.”

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