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Over 3000 people, parties oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam

Over 3000 people, parties oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam Over 3000 people, parties oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam
Kristine Garrett | 09 May, 2018, 02:36

About 135 organisations and individuals from different parts of Brahmaputra valley submitted their views to the JPC.

Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, May 7 - Making a case to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said the proposed law has the potential to make the indigenous people minorities in Assam and frustrate the very objective of the Assam Accord.“It violates the main clause of the Assam Accord. The members of JPC will visit Bengali-majority Barak valley on Tuesday where it will have consultations with approximately 300 organisations.

Home department and police officials were engaged in accepting the memorandum from the individuals, with the queue growing by length as the hours passed and more people arrived to present their opposition to the amendment. Later, the bill was referred to the JPC to seek views from individuals and organisations.

Several senior journalists, actors and singers were seen queuing with the public to submit their representations against the Bill. The party, which was born out of the six-year-long Assam students' movement against undocumented immigrants, threatened to come out of the BJP-led state government if the Centre went ahead with the Bill.

Barring the BJP, all political parties of Assam, including AGP which is an ally of the BJP-led state government, also came out against the Bill, with apolitical organizations taking the lead in mobilizing public opinion against the Bill.

Bora, talking to reporters later, said, "If citizenship is given on religious lines, it will hamper the peace and harmony of the state".

Speaking to media persons after the Cabinet meeting here on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister and Government spokesperson, Prestone Tynsong said, "We have seen the draft bill introduced by the Parliament and after thorough discussion, we have chose to say "No" to the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016". Besides, it contradicts the Assam Accord which says anybody irrespective of caste, creed and religion, whoever has come to Assam after March 25 of 1971 is an illegal citizen.

The protesters, waving placards, took out a peaceful procession to the Assam Administrative Staff College, where the JPC conducted its hearing on the bill, and submitted their memoranda, the police said.

Many organisations, who also took out a rally in Guwahati opposing the Bill, also expressed disappointment at the JPC for having set aside only one day's time for 30 districts of Assam while two days to the rest of the three districts. Earlier, Sarma had said that the Assamese should allow the Hindu Bangladeshis to settle in Assam in order to counter the state from becoming a Muslim majority state.

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