Guwahati, February 12, 2019
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said on February 12th, 2019 said that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre cannot be trusted over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019 amid protests in the Northeast. The Bill will be moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Upper House.
“The Bill was not listed but replacing the Triple Talaq Bill, the government listed the Bill in the revised list of business. The government is not trustworthy when it comes to Assam or any other Northeastern states. We are well aware of the step-motherly attitude of the government towards the Northeast,” said Gogoi.
He added, “Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma has been protesting against the Bill from the very beginning. We urge every national and regional party to vote against this contentious Bill so that the Centre cannot pass this non-secular Bill jeopardising the identity of the indigenous people of the Northeast.”
It may be recalled that the AASU had earlier said that they would approach the Supreme Court if the Bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha.
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.