Mohilary for 1971 voter list

Kokrajhar, Oct. 15: BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary today said the 1971 voter list should be the only criterion for rehabilitating riot-hit genuine Indian citizens in the second phase that aims to resettle victims without land pattas.

Speaking to reporters at the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) secretariat conference hall here today, Mohilary said the BTC does not agree to many points mentioned in the state government-prepared format for the second phase of rehabilitation that requires inmates of relief camps to disclose their antecedents with or without supporting documents as proof of their citizenship.

The format was handed over to the BTC for consideration after the October 10 meeting between its members and the group of ministers in Guwahati. It is required to re-submit it to the state government.

Mohilary said of the 18 columns in the state government-prepared format, the BTC agrees to 14.

The questions it does not agree to are: whether the family has a VCDC (village council development committee) certificate, MGNREGA job card issued by the block development officer, bank passbook/PAN card and whether the household was recorded in the 2011 census. The BTC has not included these questions in the format prepared by it for submitting to the state government.

Instead, it has included new columns such as place of residence during displacement, government khas land/VGR/PGR/forest land/waste land/tribal belts and blocks.

Mohilary said certificates from the VCDC, job cards, bank account books and PAN cards would not be considered, as one cannot identify genuineness of citizenship by these documents.

"We are for 1971 voter list for consideration of names to be rehabilitated in second phase," he said, adding, "that's the demand made by various organisations and the people of the state".

On the speculation that the Congress is considering an alliance with the AIUDF, Mohilary, who is the president of BPF, which is an ally in the Congress-led ruling coalition, said, "They (the Congress) are welcome to take anybody. This is politics and everything is possible. We have nothing to say on this. They are welcome to have alliance with any party".

The Coordination Committee of Peace and Harmony, a conglomeration of various organisations, will organise a "mass cry" programme in the four BTAD districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday to demand detection and deportation of illegal migrants.