Assam Congress Delegation Calls On Rahul Gandhi On Citizenship Bill

A file photo of Assam Congress president Ripun Borah
A file photo of Assam Congress president Ripun Borah

Highlight

  • Assam Congress delegation urges Congress president Rahul Gandhi to ensure that the CAB 2016 is not passed in Rajya Sabha
  • Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is a threat to the security of the Nation, Anand Sharma said
  • The Bill is unconstitutional; it violates the basic principles of the Indian Constitution

New Delhi, January 30, 2019

A Congress delegation led by Assam Congress president Ripun Bora called on the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on January 30th, 2019 and urged him to ensure that the proposed legislation is not passed in Rajya Sabha.

According to sources, the delegation requested the Congress president to ensure that the party does not walk out of the debate on the CAB 2016 issue in the Rajya Sabha and make sure that it is defeated with the help of like- minded parties.

Deputy leader of the opposition in RS

Former Union Cabinet Minister and deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on January 30th, 2019 launched a blistering attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and said the Bill is a threat to the security of the nation. Expressing his concern, Sharma said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, if implemented, would also pose threat to the security of the nation.

Slamming the BJP of “discrimination” and “politicising” the Bill issue here in New Delhi, Sharma is of the view that the contentious Bill is against the Constitution of India. “The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will violate the basic principles of the Constitution of India,” Sharma added.

Reiterating the Congress’ strong opposition to the Centre’s move to grant Indian citizenship to illegal migrants by implementing the Bill, Sharma said, “The Congress party has been opposing the issue from the very beginning and we have let the government know that we will not support the Bill. The Congress is firm in its decision. We will oppose the Bill until it is scrapped.”