Centre ignored warnings from security agencies

Centre ignored warnings from security agencies
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GUWAHATI, JANUARY 14: The political leadership of the Government of India was fully aware of the possible fallouts of bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament, but despite the warnings, it decided to go ahead to get the Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, which resulted in massive protests in Assam.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that different security agencies had warned the Government about the possible fallouts if the Bill is passed in the Parliament. “It is not that the political leadership did not know about the possible fallouts if the Bill is pushed through. But a political decision was taken to try and get the Bill passed in the Parliament,” sources admitted.
Sources revealed that different security agencies had warned the Government that passing of the Bill would lead to massive protests in the State as cross sections of people were opposing the Bill. The security agencies had also pointed out that if the Bill is passed through despite strong opposition, it would lead to growing feeling of alienation among the indigenous people of the State, which, in turn, would strengthen the hands of the militant outfits including the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent).
The agencies reported that the law and order situation in the State might deteriorate if the agitations against the Bill gather momentum and with different organizations launching movements, it would be difficult to control the situation. At the same time, the agencies had also pointed out the problems that the Government would face to implement the Bill as most of the people, who came from Bangladesh, entered India illegally without valid documents and it would be difficult to prove which person came on which date and who really came due to religious persecution.
The agencies also pointed out that threat on language of the indigenous people would be another major issue as there have been movements in Assam on the issue of protection of linguistic identity. It was also suggested that the Government should try to formulate a comprehensive policy to relocate the minorities of Bangladesh if they are to be kept in India without giving the burden to Assam.
Sources revealed that the Government of India had also sent independent observers to Assam to assess the situation on the ground. The persons sent by the Government met cross sections of people and pointed out the problems that may arise if the Government tries to pass the Bill in the Parliament.
However, despite knowing the ground situation, a “political decision” was taken to go ahead and bring the Bill in the Parliament. It may be mentioned here that the Government of India passed the Bill in the Lok Sabha by taking advantage of the fact that it has the majority in the lower House. But due to strong protests, it failed to get the Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha. The Government is likely to try and get it passed in the Rajya Sabha in the ensuing session of the Parliament, which will be the last during the tenure of the present Government at the Centre. However, sources admitted that as the BJP does not have the required majority in the Upper House, it is unlikely that it would be able to get the Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha. (Courtesy: AT)