Guwahati: A group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators, a majority of whom are from upper Assam districts, met chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his official residence in Guwahati on Thursday afternoon and requested his intervention so that the fears and doubts of people regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) can be cleared as soon as possible.
The BJP legislators’ delegation also requested Sonowal to clarify his stand on all the major issues raised during the anti-CAA movement “one by one”.
The meeting of the MLAs assumes significance as the anti-CAA protesters have already targeted Assam BJP ministers, MLAs and local party leaders in their protest against the contentious legislation.
Interacting with media persons soon after meeting with the chief minister, former AGP leader turned BJP MLA from Sootea constituency, Padma Hazarika, said that the BJP delegation, which claims to have support of more than 20 party MLAs, has requested both the chief minister and state finance minister to settle the issue relating to CAA so that the apprehensions regarding the Act are removed immediately.
“Some of the party MLAs, who are now in Guwahati, had a meeting to discuss about the present situation over CAA and met chief minister requesting him to take some steps to overcome the on-going crisis. We have requested him to take adequate measures to implement the Clause Six of the historic Assam Accord to give constitutional safeguard to indigenous people of Assam,” Hazarika said.
On the protection of Assamese language, the delegation also requested the chief minister to adopt Cabinet decision to satisfy people so that Assamese language will be the state language in Assam forever and no threat will come to the language in days to come. The BJP MLAs also urged the state government to take a unanimous decision taking all stakeholders into confidence regarding granting of ST status to six Assam communities.
Referring to recent controversies relating to various government departments, Hazarika stressed on the immediate intervention of both chief minister Sonowal and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to solve the grievances of people, including the government employees. “No ego of any minister should affect the sentiment of the masses. Both the chief minister and state finance minister should ensure that,” he said.
Condemning the violent activities during the anti-CAA protests in different parts of the state, the senior BJP leader also clarified that they support and respect the democratic movement against the CAA being led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).
Dibrugarh MLA Prashanta Phukan said they have also requested the chief minister to urge the Centre to take steps to remove the doubts regarding the Act as “we also want that all illegal Bangladeshis must be deported from the state”.
Dhekiajuli MLA Ashok Singhal, Nagaon MLA Rupak Sharma, Mahmara MLA Jogen Mohan and Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah also accompanied Hazarika and Phukan in their meeting with CM Sonowal.