Auniati Xatra Xatradhikar urges Sonowal to oppose Citizenship Bill

Hassinur Alom

Lakhimpur, January 20: Amid the row over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 issue, Xatradhikar (head priest) of Auniati Xatra Pitambar Deva Goswami on Sunday urged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to oppose the Bill.

During a programme, the head priest asked Sonowal to “pressurize”  the Centre to scarp the Bill for the greater cause of the indigenous people of the state.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

“Take up the issue (Bill) seriously infront of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s high command,” Xatradhikar told Sonowal.

Caught off-guard, Sonowal stressed that though he didn’t want to speak on the matter during the event, he assured that his government won’t betray the indigenous people of the state.

Sonowal visited Bandardewa on Sunday along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh to inaugurate a branch of the Sri Sri Auniati Xatra.

“My government is committed to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people,” Sonowal said.