23 October, 2020

If The Hat Fits

An Opposition that doesn't get along means the Congress gains by default

If The Hat Fits
If anything, it’s ‘coalition blues’ in Assam, less than three weeks away from the April 3-10 elections to the 126-member assembly. The most unlikely of parties—the CPI and CPI(M)—have forged an alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). The same AGP which earlier shared the BJP view on illegal migrants (Bangladeshis), welcoming the scrapping of the IMDT—Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals)— Act. That law put the onus of proof of an alleged illegal migrant with the complainant. Many political parties had been of the view that genuine Indian citizens, especially those belonging to the minority communities, could be victimised if the law reverted from the IMDT Act to the Foreigners Act, 1946—where the onus of proving one’s citizenship lay with the accused. Incidentally, the SC did strike down the IMDT Act and now it is the Foreigners Act that is applicable in the state.

But bygones are bygones. The AGP has changed tack and says its focus now is on winning back minority votes. Hence the tie-up with the Left. It’s now of the view that the BJP and its...



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