The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, the primary petitioner challenging the constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act in the Supreme Court, asserted today that establishing 1971 as the base year for citizenship in Assam is in conflict with the constitution of India.
Shyam Diwan, the counsellor for Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, conveyed this during the hearing of the petition that challenges the constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The hearing took place before a constitutional bench, presided over by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud and comprising five judges.
The ongoing hearing, which commenced earlier today, witnessed the counsellor representing the primary petitioner, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, presenting their extensive submission of over 3000 pages to the apex court. While advocating for a cut-off date of 1951, the petitioner argued during the submission that the designation of 1971 as the cut-off year for Assam fundamentally challenges the Constitution of India.
The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha has urged for consistency, proposing that the same benchmark of 1951 used for citizenship in the rest of the country should be applied in Assam, rejecting the 1971 year agreed upon in the Assam Accord.
The petitioner, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, extensively addressed concerns related to the history and demography of Assam during their submission, occupying a significant portion of today’s hearing.
It’s noteworthy that the apex court is conducting the hearing based on a single petition, which has been consolidated from around a hundred petitions filed in this matter. The Supreme Court’s ongoing hearing on this matter will continue tomorrow.