[Assam] Just a simple question, if fair, why is the ammendment applicable only to Assam?

umesh sharma jaipurschool at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 18 08:37:16 PST 2006

Good question by Bratta Bistar -if true.

Bartta Bistar <barttabistar at hotmail.com> wrote:
                    State Pulse - Assam: Amending Foreigners' Act 
      The legislation is now being amended, as per the Union Cabinet's decision last week, clearly compromising with national security, opines Insaf, (INFA) 
  National interest is being trampled on by the UPA Government at the Centre in its desperate bid to return to power in Assam. This is clearly reflected in the reckless dilution of the Foreigners' Act of 1946, enacted to protect India from depredations by foreign nationals. 
  The legislation is now being amended, as per the Union Cabinet's decision last week, clearly compromising with national security. The Government has been working on the move since July last when the Supreme Court struck down the controversial. 
  Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunals (IMDT) Act. This Act had failed to control the illegal influx of Bangladeshi Muslims into Assam by putting the onus of proof of a person's foreign identity on the complainant. The situation would predictably remain the same once the Foreigners Act is amended. 
  The amended Foreigners' Act, designed to appease the Muslims for electoral gains, amounts to a "backdoor" move to get past the Supreme Court order. It provides for a "fair hearing" by Tribunals set up by the Government before persons are declared foreigners. 
  In fact, Sonia Gandhi, who kick-started the Congress campaign at a rally in Jorhat over the week-end, virtually admitted that the amendments to the Act were aimed at wooing lakhs of Muslim migrant voters in Assam. Recently, 13 hardline Muslim organizations in the State formed a political platform to take on the Congress in the Assembly poll in April-May.

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