“For the past few days certain sections in the state have cast aspersions on this avowed objective of the government. However, as a son of the soil, I would like to assure everybody that there is no need of being apprehensive in Assam," Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Clause 6 of Accord says, “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”
The PM, after flagging off the BJP's Lok Sabha poll campaign in the northeast, said Friday that the bill was "not for the benefit of anyone but a penance against the injustice and many wrongs done in the past".
As of September 25, 2018, the report states, 1,037 people declared foreigners were being held in detention centres across Assam. It points out that a key issue is that there is no statutory limit for which individuals declared as foreigners can be detained.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the verdict, which was delivered Saturday, will be a deterrent to people in authority not to engage in unlawful acts and to behave responsibly and in a fair manner.