Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016: JD(U) Delegation To Visit Assam On Jan 28

JD(U) supremo and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that the party have decided to oppose the Bill, because it is against the spirit of Assamese 'asmita'
JD(U) supremo and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that the party have decided to oppose the Bill, because it is against the spirit of Assamese 'asmita'

Guwahati, January 27, 2019

The Janata Dal (United) JD(U), which is also an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is likely to send a team to Guwahati on January 28th, 2019 to support the agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

As per latest information, the team will be led by Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi, party Vice President Prashant Kishor, NSN Lotha and Afaque Ahmad Khan. The delegation will hold talks with the leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad, Northeast Students’ Organisation and All Assam Students’ Union.

Passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is yet to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties, students’ bodies and the civil society in the state are protesting against the Bill, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.

After abstaining from voting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha, the JD (U) said it would oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties in Assam, students’ bodies and the civil societies are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord.

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.