In response to the situations prevailing in Assam after the publication of the Final List of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state, Popular Front of India has finalised follow up actions in the meeting of the State Committee held in presence of its national leaders. Popular Front units and its cadres in association with other individuals and groups will form Para-legal Volunteer Teams across the state to help the victims in filing appeals before Foreigners Tribunals (FTs). The organisation has also decided to arrange Local Advocates Groups and Resource Persons Training camps in coming months in addition to maximum number of village level Awareness Meets for the affected citizens.
The State Council meeting was inaugurated by Popular Front of India General Secretary M Mohammed Ali Jinnah and attended by a national team comprising Adv Mohammed Yusuf (Secretary, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations), Ya Moideen (North-East Zonal President, Popular Front) and E M Abdul Rahiman (Member, National Executive Council, Popular Front). Popular Front State President Aminul Haque presided over the meeting.
While joining the pain and agony of more than 19 lakh citizens who are kept out of the NRC, Mohammed Ali Jinnah has congratulated the people and civil groups in Assam for seriously and meticulously responding to the challenge in bring down the number to a very low level defeating false propaganda of large scale illegal migration from Bangladesh. He added that those communal forces that are insisting nationwide NRC, are now in a state of confusion in Assam once the final list has come.
After deliberating on various aspects of the issue of Assam NRC, the meeting resolved the following:
1. That the ongoing NRC process in Assam should be completed as announced to bring the issue to its logical conclusion. Any attempt to make it null and void at this stage must be jointly defeated by people of Assam.
2. That the pains and agonies undergone by the genuine citizens in Assam for decades could never be allowed to repeat elsewhere India. The people of Assam have to express solidarity with all those who oppose NRC outside Assam.
3. That the move to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which opens doors for foreigner’s domination in Assam on religious grounds should be objected tooth and nail by the people of Assam.
4. That the FTs should be given judicial status and work in accordance with established court procedures. FT judges must be appointed from among experienced judges either in service or retired from service. FTs should be freed from incompetency and political agenda by terminating all judges who are recruited otherwise.
5. That the NRC process of excluding infiltrators from Assam, should be governed by the humanitarian concern that even a single genuine citizens should not become stateless due to procedural errors or on technical grounds.
The meeting hoped that the NRC exercise would have a logical conclusion without prides and prejudices.
Arif Khan (Popular Front - North-East Zonal Secretary), Prof Abul Bashar (NCHRO Assam chapter President), Rafiqul Islam (Popular Front State General Secretary), Dr Minarul Sheikh (Kolkata) etc. participated in the discussions. All district presidents, secretaries and other special invitees attended the day-long meeting held in Guwahati.