Guwahati, January 12: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma defending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 said that its implementation is a must so that the state does face a Kashmir like situation in the future.
He said, “People need to understand that the Bill is not just Assam specific but the burden of these refugees will be shared by the entire country. In fact, it will protect 17 important assembly seats of Assam from going to the All India United Democratic Front led by Badruddin Ajmal.”
“We need to keep on fighting so as to not surrender Assam or else we will face Kashmir like situation,”he added.
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed an exhilarating evening in New Delhi where I had a great opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, and allayed misconceptions & apprehensions on NE, #CitizenshipBill among others. Thanks to @vifindia for this #NEDA@NEDAIndia pic.twitter.com/P1PnxgR1dr
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 11, 2019
Sarma spoke at length at the ‘India’s North East: From Periphery to the Core’ at Delhi at Vivekananda International Foundation on Friday.
“I can proudly say that Northeastern region is no longer in the periphery. It is very much in the core. The Northeast has now become core of the imagination. It is the zone of potential,” he said at the event.