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In 2006 Sonia Gandhi supported the illegal Bangladeshi Muslims and even forced the Indian Army to apologize! Here’s why

Probably India is the only nation where the oldest party is controlled by individuals who have Italian background and even wants its voters to be non-Indians. Now a sensational document has come out which has trapped Sonia Gandhi and her affection towards the illegal Bangladeshi Muslims.

The illegal Bangladeshi and the Rohingya Muslims were always the non-BJP voters. This was because the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), in power or in opposition, never compromised with the national security. Now a sensational information has come out that clearly nails how the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi had pressurized the army to apologize and even go slow against the terrorists in Assam.

In July 2005, the Supreme Court ruled the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) (IMDT) Act as unconstitutional. This is when the bad times started for the Congress party as its hardcore voters started to slip away. So the only solution left to the Congress party was to resort to the appeasement politics and this could be going soft at the illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh.

It was the time when the Congress party was poised to lose its major chunk of seats in Assam after a dismal performance in Karnataka and Bihar. So the only way left to hook on the name “heavy weight” in Indian political scenario was by winning the the upcoming assembly elections.

With this intention, Sonia Gandhi had visited Assam on February 11th 2006 in order to kick start the campaign for the election which was scheduled to take place in May, the same year. That’s when she revealed her concern on the illegal Bangladeshi Muslims. Not just this, she even condemned the Indian Army for going hard against the terrorist organisation United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

After a keen observation, one thing we can conclude is that all the parties that compromised with the national security by letting in the Bangladeshi Muslims, so to swell the vote share, had suffered the pathetic defeat. Infact it even got extinct from a particular state.

For example Congress was heavily backing the illegal Bangladeshi Muslim voters in Assam, but it got almost demolished in that state. Meanwhile the left party, which ruled West Bengal for three decades, was heavily relying on the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants but now the party is now where found in the state. Presently Mamata Banerjee is hell bent to safeguard the Bangladeshi immigrants. Analysts have said that even the Mamata Banerjee’s TMC will have to safe a bitter end in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Below is the full version of what the Wikileaks cable had revealed!

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: On February 11 Congress Party Chairwoman Sonia Gandhi traveled to the Northeast Indian state of Assam to inaugurate her party’s campaign for the May 2006 state assembly elections. Her presence reflected Congress’ concern about retaining its hold on Assam, following recent setbacks in Bihar and Karnataka and the prospect of seat-losses in the West Bengal and Kerala May assembly elections. In Assam the main opposition parties, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are weak and fragmented, but Congress has also lost support from the critical Muslim community. In a brazen appeal to the Muslims, Gandhi offered to amend the Foreigners Act to prevent deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. Her visit was marred by violence in the wake of the death of a suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) member in Indian Army custody (REFTEL). However, Gandhi quickly condemned the death, forcing the Army to apologize. The Congress government in Assam has been pushing the military to institute a ceasefire in its operations against ULFA. While the political situation is still very fluid two months prior to the election, it appears that Congress will lose its current outright majority, but will likely cobble together a coalition government in Assam. End Summary.

2. (U) Elections for the 126-member Assam legislative assembly are scheduled in May. Assam, with a population of 26 million, borders Bangladesh and Bhutan. Its highly diverse population suffers several ethnic insurgencies and persistent violence. The largest ethnic insurgent group, ULFA, demands a separate homeland for the Assamese and is listed on the USG’s Other Selected Terrorist Organization (OSTO) list. In addition, a continuous influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants has swelled the Muslim community to 28 per cent of the population.

3. (U) Congress dominates the present Assembly with 71 seats, while opposition parties the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has 20, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 8, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 3, the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) 2, the All India Trinamul Congress (AITC) 1, the Samata Party 1, the Samajwadi Party 1 and Independents 19. Congress has remained relatively united. The main regional party, the AGP, on the other hand, is sharply divided. Brindabon Goswami leads the original party, while former Chief Minister Prafulla Mahanta leads a breakaway AGP (Progressive) faction. The BJP is attempting to persuade the AGP to form an alliance, but so far has not been successful. Meanwhile Mahanta, despite some degree of popularity, is unable to build an effective organization with his (Progressive) party.

4. (SBU) The Muslim vote is likely to determine whether Congress can retain its majority. The Muslim community’s importance has been magnified by a steady influx of Bangladeshi immigrants and Muslims presently hold 13 Congress seats in the assembly. Traditionally, Congress had been the party of choice for the Muslims as it protected illegal Bangladeshi migrants from deportation. Congress also supported the Illegal Migrants Determination by Tribunals Act (IMDT) of 1983, applicable only in Assam, which made identification, detection and deportation of foreigners in Assam incredibly complex and protected post-1971 illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

5. (SBU) Congress’ relations with the Muslims suffered a setback in July 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled the IMDT unconstitutional. Assam, like the rest of India, is now subject to the Foreigners’ Act of 1946, which requires the police to deport illegal residents. Muslims in Assam criticized the Congress for failing to support the IMDT in court and in November 2005, formed a Muslim political group the United Democratic Front (UDF). UDF Leader Hafiz Rashid Chowdhury (protect) said that the UDF is running on the slogan of “Anti-Congress, Anti-BJP.”

6. (SBU) The Congress has tried to appease the Muslims by not enforcing the Foreigners Act and in her recent visit, Gandhi offered to amend the Act. According to Assam Congress Spokesman Abdul Khaleque (protect), the amendment would effectively bring the IMDT provisions under the Foreigners Act and again create special exceptions and a tribunal for Assam. Also on February 11, Gandhi visited Barpeta, which has a large concentration of Bangladeshi Muslims, and laid the foundation stone for a new medical college.

7. (SBU) Khaleque indicated that Congress’ efforts have not been successful, as the UDF has established an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), may soon conclude similar agreements with CPM and CPI, and is also in discussions with the AGP. Khaleque conceded that Congress would not hold on to its current 71 seats this election but claimed it would not slip below 60. Other contacts believe that Congress could drop to as low as 40 to 50 seats.

8. (SBU) The other complicating factor in the electoral politics is ULFA’s continuing insurgency. According to post contacts, the state Congress’ goal is to persuade New Delhi to stop army operations against ULFA because no party can win elections without ULFA’s tacit approval. (Former CM Mahanta lost power in 2001 when ULFA turned from friend to foe, after he failed to prevent army operations against the group.) On February 5, the Indian Army detained suspected ULFA supporter Ajit Mahanta, who subsequently died in custody. That, in turn, resulted in the February 10 police shooting of 8 persons protesting Mahanta’s death. Gandhi was quick to condemn the violence and compelled the Army to apologize. Analysts feel that the state Congress and ULFA are probably negotiating an understanding. ULFA would not want a BJP-led government in Assam, since the BJP-led GOI supported attacks on ULFA camps in Bhutan in 2003.

9. (SBU) COMMENT: Facing mutinous Muslims and persistent insurgency, the Congress party is struggling to maintain its government in Assam. While Assam is not a major state in the normal calculus of Indian politics, its loss to Congress would be embarrassing following the recent failures in Bihar, Karnataka and anticipated seat losses in West Bengal and Kerala. However, Congress’ opposition seems very fragmented, which gives the Party hope. Although too early to predict the results, the consensus appears to be that Congress will retain power in Assam but with a reduced majority that will force it to go to other parties to form a coalition government.

Source: Republic World


Hansika Raj

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