- BJP President Amit Shah tore into the Opposition over citizenship debate in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday
- Shah while reminding the Congress that it was a leader from their party who had signed the accord on NRC in 1985, said 'It was an initiative taken by Rajiv Gandhi'
BJP President Amit Shah tore into the Opposition over citizenship debate in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Slamming the Congress party for its hypocrisy, Amit Shah said, “In 1985, Rajiv Gandhi signed Assam accord. What was the core of the Assam accord - NRC was the soul of the accord.”
Shah while reminding the Congress that it was a leader from their party who had signed the accord on NRC in 1985, said “It was an initiative taken by Rajiv Gandhi, but you didn't show courage to implement this, We did. NRC was initiative of the Prime Minister from the Congress party.”
Amit Shah also accused the Opposition of Bangladeshi appeasement.
The BJP President’s statements created a massive uproar in the Parliament with many members walking down to the well of the House, leading to a brief adjournment.
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WHAT IS RAJIV GANDHI’S ROLE IN THE NRC?
Former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi had signed the Assam accord on August 15,1985. The accord says to ‘detect, delete and expel’ the foreigners who entered India after 1971. While signing the accord, Rajiv Gandhi had promised to take immediate and practical steps to expel foreigners.
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HOW IS THE ASSAM ACCORD LINKED TO CITIZENSHIP?
Assam Accord was the culmination of a six-year-long agitation demanding and deportation of illegal immigrants, which was launched by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 1979.
Here’s what the Clause 5 of Assam Accord says on Foreigners issue:
- For purposes of detection and deletion of foreigners, 1.1.1966 shall be the base date and year.
- All persons who came to Assam prior to 1.1.1966, including those amongst them whose name appeared on the electoral rolls used in 1967 elections, shall be regularized.
- Foreigners who came to Assam after 1.1.1966 (inclusive) and upto 24th March, 1971 shall be detected in accordance with the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order 1964.
- Names of Foreigners so detected will be deleted from the electoral rolls in force. Such persons will be required to register themselves before the Registration Officers of the respective districts in accordance with the provisions of the Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 and the Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1939.
- On the expiry of a period of ten year following the date of detection, the names of all such persons which have been deleted from the electoral rolls shall be restored.
- All persons who were expelled, earlier, but have since re-entered illegally into Assam, shall be expelled.
- Foreigners who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971 shall continue to be detected, deleted and expelled in accordance with law. Immediate and practical steps shall be taken to expel such foreigners.
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STATISTICS ON BANGLADESHI REFUGEES' INFILTRATION IN INDIA
As per an estimate in the year 2000, there were approx 1.5 crore illegal immigrants in India with 3 lakh entering the country every year. As per 2001 census, there were 3,084,826 people in India who came from Bangladesh. The census data for the state of Assam alone gives a figure of 2 million. However, the government and the media, have time and again even higher numbers.