Andhra Pradesh CM To Oppose Citizenship Bill, Assures Akhil Gogoi

Andhra Pradesh CM N ChandraBabu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu. Photo: TIME8
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Highlights

  • Andhra Pradesh CM assures KMSS to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
  • Horse-trading like situation has been created on the Bill issue, Akhil Gogoi alleged

New Delhi, February 12, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on February 12th, 2019 assured the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) advisor Akhil Gogoi that Naidu’s government will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for the greater cause of the indigenous people of the state. “We are opposing the Bill. We are with the opposition. We will stand in unison on the bill issue,” Naidu said.

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has six members in the Rajya Sabha and the Biju Janta Dal (BJD), which also opposed the Bill, has nine members in the house.

Speaking to media persons after meeting Naidu, Assam firebrand leader and KMSS advisor Gogoi said, “We are trying to meet political leaders of different political parties requesting to oppose and scrap the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Horse-trading like situation has been created on the Bill issue.”

KMSS advisor Akhil Gogoi speaking to media persons in New Delhi on February 12, 2019
KMSS advisor Akhil Gogoi speaking to media persons in New Delhi on February 12, 2019. Photo: TIME8

Gogoi further said, “We are trying hard to stop the passage of the Bill. The BJP government is firm on passing the Bill at any cost.”

It may be mentioned that the Bill was listed in the business for discussion in the Upper House on the night of February 11th, 2019 though it was not in the agenda earlier. The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till February 13th, 2019 as uproar continued over Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav’s episode at Lucknow airport.  The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019 amid protests in the Northeast. The Bill was to be moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Upper House.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the illegal migrants belonging to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis who have become victims of religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and entered India till December 31st, 2014.