Citizenship (Amendment) Bill | 10k locals ‘threaten’ to convert from Hinduism to Buddhism in Golaghat

Priyamjyoti Das

Golaghat, November 9: In wake of statewide protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, around 10,000 local youths here on Friday “threatened” to convert from Hinduism to Buddhism.

The locals assembled at the Buddha temple at Kalioni and also took an “oath”.

“If the Government passes the Citizenship Bill, we will convert from Hinduism to Buddhism. More than Hinduism, we will keep our Assam community at the high pedestal because we are Axomiya lora (son of Assam),” said Pabin Das, president, Mod Mukti Dabi Samiti,Assam.

“10,000 youths of Golaghat will convert to Buddhism if the Bill is passed in the Parliament,” he added.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha 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.

 

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