Guwahati, February 13, 2019
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, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which is spearheading protests against the Bill, said that it is the “historic win” for the 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 House sat in 18 sessions since June 2014, since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s tenure began.
“Today the people of Assam have won against the government. Due to the continuous protest against the Bill, the House was adjourned on February 13th, 2019. It’s a historic win for the people of Assam as the Bill has lapsed,” said Lurinjyoti Gogoi, general secretary, AASU.
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 leaders of the students’ unions and civil societies said that the stir would be intensified if the Rajya Sabha passes the amendment Bill. Massive protests broke out across the Northeast region ever since the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha.
“We extend our gratitude to all the national political parties including Janata Dal (United), Shiv Sena, Biju Janata Dal, for supporting us in the time of crisis. The Bill is anti-national,” he added.
According to the procedures, a Bill pending in the Upper House which has not been passed by Lok Sabha does not lapse on the dissolution of Lok Sabha but a Bill which is passed by Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha lapses on the dissolution of Lok Sabha. The Citizenship Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019.
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.