In this article we will picture the staggering rise of voters in Assam which never was given attention with the necessary gravity.

Such miraculously the illegal migrants sneaked into Assam and getting themselves noted as Indian citizen is the credit (the only credit) which can be conferred to them.

With the mass they bring along are imminent threats to the demography, security, nature as well as ecology of the state.

Now let’s begin…

Electoral rolls of Assam saw uncharacteristic growth in the number of voters in certain periods since the beginning of the Assam movement. This raised doubts that names of substantial number of foreigners were included in the rolls.

Basanta Deka’s book – ‘The Design, The Betrayal, The Assam Movement’, has presented a clear picture of the anomalous increase in the number of voters in certain periods.

In its 208 pages, he had obtained the figures from the Election Commission and stated upsurge in the number of voters was quite abnormal in certain periods.

Abnormal increase of voters in the State since 1972 from time to time is displayed below:

 

1972-1979

During the period from 1972 to 1979, the State witnessed an increase of 16 lakh voters in six years.

1972: 6328537 (Source)

1978: 7974476 (Source)

 

1978-1983

From 1978 to 1983, the number decreased by four lakhs.

1978: 7974476

1983: 7582772 (Source)

This decrease of voters can be ascribed to the fact that it was the peak of the Assam movement and many people from the state left. Also, infiltration too apparently had come down.

 

1983-1985

Shockingly, from 1983 to 1985, the number of voters increased by 23 lakhs in just two years, which is again abnormal.

1983: 7582772

1985: 9882684 (Source)

 

1985-1991

During the period from 1985 to 1991 there was a soaring increase of the number of voters in the State by 20 lakhs.

1985: 9882684

1991: 11892170 (Source)

 

1991-1996

However, in this period the trend broke, as the number increased by only three lakhs from 1991 to 1996.

1991: 11892170

1996: 12119125 (Source)

But the following years again witnessed a considerable increase in the number of voters.

 

1996-2001

From 1996 to 2001, the number of voters again increased by almost 23 lakhs.

1996: 12119125

2001:  14419125* (Source) (Approx value*)

 

2001-2006

In the period 2001 to 2006 the number of voters further increased by 30 lakhs.

2001: 14419125

2006: 17434019 (Source)

 

2006-2011

Before the trend falling again, there saw an increase of only seven lakh voters from 2006 to 2011.

2006: 17434019

2011: 18188269 (source)

Key points to know:

The sharp dissimilarities in the increase in the number of voters raised doubts about whether foreign nationals achieved to get their names included in the voters lists in Assam.

Question lies- were our people so selfish they, just to receive some money, went against their own country and its people?  

Former Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma also himself admitted that it is possible for foreign nationals to get their names included in the voters list in collusion with officials at the lower level.

Gauhati High Court, in a judgement, also mentioned that one Pakistani national, who had entered India through Bangladesh, not only succeeded to include his name in the voters list but also contested the Assembly election.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has called for an exhaustive revision of the electoral rolls instantly after the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published and delete the names of suspected foreigners.

Rise of Voters in Assam since 1972 to 2011

AASU chief – Samujjal Bhattacharya said that as the course of updating the NRC is nearing completion, the voters list must be revised as per the updated NRC so that names of foreigners can be deleted from the electoral rolls.

Probably only then a crystal clear view will emerge on the rightful voters of the state and with identification of the illegal migrants.. the dream to see Assam free from them will become a reality.

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