The BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said that there was a sustained disinformation campaign in the northeastern states over the Citizenship Bill 2016 and Bill to grant ST status to six communities and said that the party would try to allay the fears among its partners.
“We are in ruling alliance in most of the northeastern states. We will not let down the trusts and hopes of people. Our government is dedicated and committed to fulfill the aspirations of the people of these states,” said Ram Madhav while talking to newsmen today.
He said that there was, however, a disinformation campaign launched in the region over the issues of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and granting ST status to six communities. “I believe that some the people’s concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is genuine but there is an attempt to create trouble and incite violence through opposition to the Bill in Assam and Manipur,” he added.
Referring to the recently constituted High powered committee on implementation of the Clause 6 of Assam Accord, Ram Madhav said that four members of the committee have resigned due to this disinformation campaign.
“However, our commitment to implement the Clause 6 of the Accord is absolute and we appeal them to come back and participate in the committee for good,” he added.
He justified granting citizenship to the minority communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as those people who became victims of Partition but added that the citizenship will be granted with due formality of upon completion of seven years residence in the country. “Those victims of Partition had nowhere to look upto except India.
He admitted the opposition from within the party leaders in Assam and by the partners of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and said that efforts were on to allay the fears among the party members and NEDA partners over the Bill.