Guwahati, February 1, 2019
A Northeast students’ delegation comprising of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other organisations flew to New Delhi on February 1st, 2019 to call upon the leaders of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to discuss over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
As per reports, the student’s delegation will meet both the leaders of all the opposition parties and allies of the NDA to ensure that the Bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha.
It may be mentioned that Assam including other Northeastern states is on the boil over the Centre’s proposed Citizenship Bill. The Bill was passed at the Lower House during the winter session of the parliament.
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. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.