The Assam Government has said that it cannot implement the Clause 6 report.
The BJP-led Assam Government stated that the Clause 6 report cannot be implemented because the recommendations of the High-Power Committee were “far from legal reality”.
This was informed by Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“The recommendations made by the Clause 6 panel contradict many judgments and pronouncements of the Supreme Court and also several provisions of the Constitution. We cannot implement something that is contrary to the findings of the Supreme Court,” Himanta Biswa Sarma stated.
“The recommendations of the committee are far from the reality of this land. How can we implement them?” Sarma added.
This statement is the first reaction by the Assam Government on the issue of implementation of the Clause 6 report.
Notably, the BJP-led Assam Government and the Centre had earlier committed to the people of Assam that it would implement the recommendations of the Clause 6 report word by word.
However, the BJP-led Assam Government has now made a sharp u-turn from its commitments on implementation of the Clause 6 report.
With the refusal to implement the Clause 6 report by the Assam Government, many are now looking into the formation of the high-power committee and the commitments made by the Central and State Governments, a measure to quell the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Assam.
As per the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.