Citizenship Bill Triggers Protests Across Assam, Allies Threaten To Quit

Citizenship Bill Triggers Protests Across Assam, Allies Threaten To Quit

Citizenship Bill Triggers Protests Across Assam, Allies Threaten To Quit

"I urge all to help and cooperate as we the people of Assam are collectively responsible for ensuring peace and order in the state", Sonowal said.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma told NDTV that his party (NPP), which leads the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, is opposed to the bill.

"The government is doing everything to take the people of the state into confidence", Assam industry minister Chandra Mohan Patwary said with reference to the bill, which proposes that illegal migrants of certain minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan can become eligible for Indian citizenship.

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 members resolution in question, which was moved by Congress member Abdul Khaleque, Saikia said.

"It is my duty as the chief minister to take all with me and not take decisions on my own".

Kalita described the bill as a move to divide people of Assam. Ahead of the state elections in Assam, the BJP had taken a tough stand on illegal migration. We appeal to people to keep faith in the government...

Guwahati: Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal said that there is no reason for him to continue as a chief minister if he is unable to protect the interests of the people in Assam.

Meanwhile, Assam police on Thursday interrogated senior Congress leader and former minister Ardhendu Dey at Hojai on charges of his alleged attempt to incite communal tension while advocating citizenship for Hindu Bengali who came from Bangladesh because of religious persecution. "It was due to his efforts that saw the IMDT (Illegal Migrants' Determination Tribunal) Act, which made detection of immigrants hard, being struck down (by the Supreme Court)", Patowary said while appealing to the people to have faith on the government.

"At a time the NRC is being updated in the State, why should the State Government give an opinion on the Bill?" Now the state Congress is saying something and the district units and their leaders in Barak Valley are saying something else.

The Accord states that all illegal foreigners from Bangladesh who had settled in Assam after March 25, 1971 would have to be deported irrespective of religion.

Barring Mizoram, the other six states in the northeast - Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Sikkim - are now with the BJP, which would make it especially tough for the party to garner support as the general elections scheduled next year draws close.

A 16-member JPC headed by BJP MP Rajendra Agarwal had visited the state for three days since May 7 to inculcate opinions of organisations and individuals on the Bill.

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