Citizenship Bill: Protests Continue, Hue and Cry In Northeast

Asom Gana Parishad, which broke the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam, took out a ‘mashaal march’ in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on February 8th, 2019
Asom Gana Parishad, which broke the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam, took out a ‘mashaal march’ in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on February 8th, 2019

Assam Congress MP and Assam PCC president Ripun Bora has given zero hour notice in the Rajya Sabha to discuss in the House the “circumstances which led to late Bhupen Hazarika’s son refusing father’s Bharat Ratna”

Guwahati, February 12, 2019

As protests continue across states in the Northeast and amid opposition from even Bharatiya Janata Party chief ministers, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to move the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019.

The opposition political parties and student organisations from the Northeast are camping in New Delhi to garner support in their attempt to block the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill through the Upper House.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu urged Union Home Minister Singh to not table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. “We have requested the Home Minister not to table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha as there is a lot of hue and cry in the Northeastern states,” said Khandu.

The chief of Northeast states – Meghalaya’s Conrad K Sangma, Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu, Mizoram’s Zoramthanga and Manipur’s N Biren Singh – have opposed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. The chief ministers have urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure that it is not passed in Rajya Sabha. Zoramthanga has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the people of the northeastern state vehemently opposes the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Painfully unpopular

Legendary Assamese music maestro Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tez Hazarika said his father’s name and words were being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans were afoot to pass the “painfully unpopular” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against the wish of the people of the Northeast.

Tez, in a Facebook post, wrote that the proposed legislation by the Narendra Modi led government at the Centre undermines the “documented position” of his father.