Assam Govt Pacifies Protesters on Citizenship Bill

Assam Govt Pacifies Protesters on Citizenship Bill

Sonowal expresses his displeasure following the visit of Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

North East Students' Association (NESO), the umbrella organization of all the major students' bodies of the Northeast India region has demanded for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the line of Assam to segregate the immigrants from the locals, in all the Northeast states as they intensify their opposition against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. "We are against the bill that will threaten the existence of the indigenous peoples, and will not hesitate to pull out of the government if it is passed".

Sonowal said, "There are 33 districts in the state".

Saikia emphasized that the Chief Minister needed to take the initiative in this matter because he was the Leader of the House and dates for Assembly sessions and list of business, etc. are fixed as per his advice to the Governor and Speaker.

I will seriously think about the suggestions given by you all here and as advised. "We will not take any decision that goes against the people of Assam". "We will organise the signature campaign across Assam till May 30", Asom Gana Parishad President Atul Bora said.

The situation prevailing in the state over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has made it imperative for the House to pass without delay a pending private member's resolution in question, which was moved by Congress member Abdul Khaleque, Saikia said.

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Another meeting was held at Guwahati yesterday where key officials of JPC were also present and NESO expressed strong objection against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Sonowal said there was an allegation against him that he was not allowing the JPC team to visit Assam.

"When Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act, 1983 was imposed on Assam, did the then Congress government take the views of the people of Assam?"

The new bill breaches the clauses of Assam Accord which stated that all illegal foreigners who came to the state after 1971 from Bangladesh, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported.

In the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, a majority of the 315 opinions submitted to the JPC were in favour of the Bill, and people carrying placards formed a human chain in its support. The bill violates the basic structure of the Constitution and Centre's move to amend the Citizenship Bill is only appeased the Hindu voters from Bangladesh and other neighboring countries. "The BJP and RSS are sponsoring several organisations in Assam so that they don't oppose the Bill", reported The Wire.

Without taking names, he pilloried some intellectuals with Left lineage saying those who had been critical of the anti-foreigners' agitation of early 1980s are now leading the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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