AGP MP seeks President's intervention on IM(DT)

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New Delhi, Jul 12 (UNI) Asom Gana Parishad's Lok Sabha MP Sarbananda Sonowal in a letter to the President Pratibha Patil has requested her to direct the Union and Assam Governments to implement Supreme Court's order on the controversial Illegal Migrant (detection treaty) Act, 1983 which was struck down by the apex court and termed as ''ultra vires'' to the Constitution.

In a three-paged letter addressed to Ms Patil, Mr Sonowal said the apex Court had also struck down the Foreigners Order, 2006, to clear the path for the Government to act upon the issue of detection and deportation of Bangladeshis.

He regretted that though three years had passed since the scrapping of IM(DT) Act but the Government at the Centre as well as in the State had virtually done nothing on this issue till date.

The inaptness on the part of the Government had created a sense of insecurity and loss of identity of the indigenous people living in this State. Utter negligence to act on this burning issue had not only affected the demographic pattern of not only this state but it had been spreading all over the country.

Mr Sonowal said the jehadi and other Bangladeshi radical groups were active to disrupt the national integrity of the country these days.

He said if timely action was not initiated in this direction, then that day would not be far when the entire North-East would become a part of Bangladesh, he added.

Letter said that even after six long years of gitation and sacrifice, the people of Assam were still facing identity crisis.

''Should the people once again take to the path of agitation to drive out the illegal migrants on its own as Assam and other North Eastern States are already experiencing the curse of subversive activities, unemployment, lack of development all around ?'' The Government must prove that they are genuinely and sincerely interested in resolving this matter in the interest of the region.

Mr Sonowal pointed out that this controversial IM(DT) act was introduced to subvert the Assam Accord reached between the then prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the All Assam Students union (AASU) in 1985 for the deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants who entered the country after March 25, 1971.


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