Citizenship Bill: Cheers In Assam; Congress Distributes Sweets

The atmosphere at the Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati turned into a festive mode, as the party workers in a jubilant mood celebrated the occasion by distributing sweets
The atmosphere at the Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati turned into a festive mode, as the party workers in a jubilant mood celebrated the occasion by distributing sweets

Guwahati, February 13, 2019

Hours after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill lapsed, on the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha, as it was not cleared by Rajya Sabha on February 13th, 2019, Congressmen in Guwahati distributed sweets, saying that they would continue to fight for the indigenous people of Assam.

On the last day of the Budget session, Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has adjourned the House sine die on February 13th, 2019.

The atmosphere at the Rajiv Bhawan here turned into a festive mode, as the party workers in a jubilant mood celebrated the occasion by distributing sweets.

The atmosphere at the Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati turned into a festive mode. Photo: TIME8
The atmosphere at the Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati turned into a festive mode. Photo: TIME8

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.

People celebrate by offering sweets in Tinsukia. Photo: TIME8
People celebrate by offering sweets in Tinsukia. Photo: TIME8

On the other hand, the opposers of the Bill distributed sweets, burst crackers after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on February 13th, 2019. The BJP government at the Centre has been pitching for the early passage of the legislation.