Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to retain power at Centre had on Sunday started his poll campaign in Assam that sends 14 parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha. PM Modi in a poll rally in Assam choose to avoid both the Citizenship Issues – Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC – that has sparked outrage in the northeast states.
Instead, PM Modi in his address raised the issue of Assam Accord and the status of Scheduled Tribe for six communities of Assam. These five communities are expected to play a crucial role in 5 Lok Sabha Seats where polls are slated for April 11.
Speaking at a poll rally in Dibrugarh parliamentary Constituency, PM Modi while hailing his government said, It is the NDA government who can only think of Assam, We are seriously considering Scheduled Tribe status for six communities in the state.
The six communities that has been promised to get ST Statues includes Tai Ahom, Matak, Moran, Chutiya, Koch Rajbongshi and tea tribes.
While addressing another rally at Gohpur, PM Modi taking a jibe at Congress said, ‘On one side is the Dumdaar chowkidar (powerful watchman) and on the other, a mahamilavat-wala parivar (a tainted family)’. However, PM Modi in both his address chooses to skip the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
PM also skipped NCR in both of his address. Rather he hailed his Government and said BJP-led NDA can only free Assam and the country of illegal migrants and terrorists.
Lok Sabha on January 8 cleared the way for Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 amidst massive outrage with Congress staging a walkout from the House. Congress asserted that the Bill has been opposed by many states and it should be sent to select committee.
The Bill will amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian nationality to people belonging to non-muslim minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12, even if they don’t possess any proper document.
BJP in Assam will take on Conrad Sangma’s led NPP and Congress. Both INC and BJP have started rolling out the list of Candidates. The Bhartiya Janta Party has so far declared 9 candidates out of total 14 with Tapan Gogoi contesting from Jorhat Parliamentary Seat.
While Congress has declared Candidates on 10 seats with Sushmita Dev contesting from Silchar, Gaurav Gogoi from Kaliabor and Biren Singh Angti from Autonomous ST Seat.
Assam will vote in three phases – April 11, April 18 and April 23.
In 2014 General Elections, BJP won 7, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and Congress on 3 seats each while 1 seat goes to Independent Candidate.
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