The state government has suggested that once the rules for the legislation are notified, applicants should be given only three months to apply.
While AASU has previously cited “people’s demand” to describe the need for a new front, the Congress has said that there is “space” for one.
The NRC preparation in Assam started following a December 2014 order by the Supreme Court, and continued thereafter under its direct monitoring.
The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019, extending reservations to SC/STs in the legislature by another 10 years, was unanimously ratified during the session, which was held to pass a resolution ratifying the Bill cleared by Parliament.
In Assam, the run-up to Magh Bihu is usually marked by a week of feverish preparation. This time, however, the enthusiasm seems to be amiss.
The committee is supposed to determine the quota of representation of indigenous people in Assam in the state Assembly, among other measures to protect indigenous culture and language.
The words ‘No CAA’ and its variants have been carved out to be burnt at several celebration spots.
Himanta Biswa Sarma also urged All-Assam Students’ Union’s (AASU) adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya to join the BJP and work for the people on behalf of the party.
After his appointment Barpeta Congress MP Abdul Khaleque had written to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, urging him to reconsider the decision as Hitesh Dev Sarma was neither “unbiased nor trustworthy”.
A senior police office said that a case was registered against the IPS officer in Guwahati on January 3 based on a complaint by the mother of the victim.
Naresh Koch, aged around 56 years, was at the detention centre for two years and is the 29th inmate to die in Assam’s six detention centres, according to government data.
Addressing the meet, state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa said that three years ago there was only “one Ajmal”, referring to Lok Sabha MP and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, but today there are “lakhs and lakhs of Ajmals”.
With this, 29 people who were lodged in detention centres across the state have died till now. Nearly 1,000 people are lodged in such centres across the centre.
“We do not have any hesitation in joining hands with all anti-CAA, anti-BJP and anti-communal forces in the interest of Assam,” state Congress president Ripun Bora said.
Established in 1917, the Asom Sahitya Sabha has been active in the current protests against the implementation of the CAA. On December 31, the Chief Minister announced that the state government would provide Rs. 10 crore to Corpus Fund of Asom Sahitya Sabha.
Four people had died in alleged police firing while another two died allegedly during violence by miscreants last month.
His remarks came amid demonstrations across the state against the amended citizenship law by student organisations, artistes, academics and eminent citizens.
Assam’s new NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma said, “The priority right now is to prepare a status report for the RGI on the work that has been done till now.
The orders come even as educational institutions across the state have come out strongly in protest against the new citizenship law.
AASU’s general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi warned of protests if Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the state for the Khelo India Youth Games 2020, which Assam will be hosting from January 10.