BJP government “turning Assam into second Myanmar”: Maulana Arshad Madani

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the current situation in Assam, Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind President Maulana Syed Arshad Madani flayed BJP government saying it is trying to create Myanmar like situation in Assam, but it should bear in mind that it was the question of 2-4 lakh Rohingyas while in Assam 80 lakh Indian citizens will be affected by the issue.
Maulana Syed Arshad Madani was addressing a joint press conference and meeting organized by Delhi Action committee for Assam (DACA) here at Constitution Club of India.
CPI general secretary Sitaram Yechury, national president Swaraj India Yogendra Yadav, Political analyst of Assam Hiren Gohain, Prof. Apurvanand, Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa and others also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking further Maulana Madani insisted that the state government strictly adheres to the Assam Accord, framed in 1985, while the issue of citizenship is being decided. As per the accord, anyone who entered Assam on or before March 24, 1971, is deemed as an Indian citizen. “The NRC should be updated based on humanity and not religion…Or else, the country will get destroyed. We don’t want to see that situation,” he said.
He claimed that the problem of certificate arose since the BJP-led governments came to power at the Centre and in the state. He further alleged that deliberate efforts were being made to bar lakhs of women from enlisting their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is being updated in Assam. “…these people will be pushed out of India. The situation that prevails in Myanmar, they now want to make India a second Myanmar.”
“They say Hindu women, being Hindus, will be allowed to stay even if they come by 2014. But the Muslim women, whose families have been staying for 400 years, they won’t be given rights,” he further alleged.
The panchayat-issued certificate is a supporting document which indicates residential status of a married woman, who after marriage has left her parental place and is now living at the place of her husband, according to a statement issued by the Delhi Action Committee for Assam (DACA).
It must be noted that the matter will be heard in the Supreme Court on daily basis from November 15.