Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Bill on citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants cleared in Lok Sabha

Bill on citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants cleared in Lok Sabha

Members of the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad cut their own skins with blades and wrote slogans on the road tarmac on the streets of Lakhimpur against the bill amid the 11-hour lock-down called by the Northeast Students' Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and another 30 indigenous organisations.

NESO Secretary General Sinam Prakash Singh, and Chairman Samuel Jyrwa in a joint statement said: "This move by the Central government is an imposition on the sentiments of the indigenous people of the northeastern region, and this design by the Centre is very risky as it would reduce the genuine indigenous people of the seven states to minority". But the minister said those protesting against him were unaware of Assam's history and its formation during the years of Partition.

The announcement was made by AGP president and minister Atul Bora after he said its "last-ditch attempt to convince" the Centre to withdraw the proposed legislation failed.

"As the chief minister, it was his primary duty to ensure that people were not burdened with the bill".

The fiery opposition to the measure reflects the complex nature of religious and ethnic identity in Assam, a state already embroiled in a separate citizenship controversy. In Dehi Trinamool Congress MPs staged a protest in Parliament against the Citizenship Bill.

"We are to bring to your notice that if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in Parliament, the provisions of Assam Accord and the ongoing preparation of National Register of Citizens will be totally frustrated and the Assamese language, culture and demography will be changed", the letter signed by Bora said.

Mahanta, the leader of the Assam Agitation, a popular movement against illegal foreigners that lasted for six years between 1979 and 1985, said, "If the decision (to pull out) was taken earlier, people's anger and disappointment with the AGP would have been less".

It is to be mentioned that the BJP formed its first government in Assam in 2016 with the support of the AGP and Bodoland People's Front (BPF).

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Defending the bill, which he said was not "Assam-centric", the Home Minister asserted that the bill was not against the provisions of the Constitution and would give succour to persecuted minorities in three neighbouring countries as they "have no place to go to, except India".

Bora and the AGP leadership had promised that they would exit the alliance if the BJP advanced with the bill.

Business establishments, commercial firms and other shops also did not open their shutters extending full support to the bandh.

CPI-M's Tripura state Secretary Gautam Das, Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey and many other leaders of different political parties apprehend that if the NDA government passes the bill forcefully in the Parliament, a serious resentment would crop up in the northeast.

In July, a draft registry left four million people off the list, effectively rendering them stateless, drawing concern from human rights experts at the United Nations and rights groups.

The constitutional amendment bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in the general category has been tabled in Lok Sabha.

Political parties, students groups and others have been protesting on the grounds that the bill seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims who have come up to December 31, 2014, thereby, increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam accord.

Saying that the bill was against the principle of secularism, the CM told mediapersons, "If passed, the bill would be harmful to states like Mizoram where there is a large number of illegal Buddhist migrants from Bangladesh".

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