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Amid worldwide protest in Assam over the decision of the centre to go forward with the 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Finance Minister of Assam and party’s main strategist for Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma has sparked off a controversy with his statement and said that if the bill is not brought in, around 17 districts in the state will go the “Jinnah way”.

Mr. Sarma continued that the update of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) is being done to “drive out the Jinnahs,” in an apparent reference to the Muslims of Bengali origin, who are residing in Assam.

On Sunday, Mr. Sarma told source that “this is a fight between the legacy of Jinnah and India. The NRC is a process to weed out the Jinnah. If we do not implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, then Badruddin Ajmal will become chief minister and if there is no Citizenship Bill, at least 17 seats will go to the Jinnahs.”

Badruddin Ajmal is an MP from Dhubri and the Chief of AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front).

Union Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a high-power committee to look into the update of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which safeguards the socio-political rights and culture if the “indigenous people of Assam.”

Giving hint at a possible in Guwahati move to give ‘special status’ to Assam before the crucial 2019 General Elections, Mr. Sarma said that “we have discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding legal immunity for the indigenous people, and we have made recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)-constituted committee for the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. PM Modi has said he will think on the proposal of bringing the recommendations of the committee under Article 371. However, the committee has to recommend that it wants to be covered under 371 which provides special provisions for states like Nagaland and Sikkim.”

In total Assam has 14 Lok Sabha seats and 7 of them are with BJP, secured. He further hinted at ‘reservations’ in the Assembly, local bodies, and even in jobs for state people.

“The state government will move the centre to replace the word “Assamese” with “indigenous” in the Clause 6,” added Mr. Sarma.

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