Guwahati, January 12: Amidst the statewide protests opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Bengali Samaj in Golaghat on Saturday took to the streets to protest against the Bill.
Himadri Mukherjee, who led the protest said, “Though our language is Bengali, we are Assamese by heart. We will never accept people calling us foreigners in our land. Today we stand strong against the controversial Bill to extend support to our Assamese brothers and sisters.”
The rally saw protesters holding a banner that read ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill should be scrapped’.
The Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.
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.