Guwahati, February 13, 2019
Hundreds of activists of the congregation of 70 organisations welcomed the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) advisor Akhil Gogoi and leaders of supporting organisations at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport at Borjhar in Guwahati on February 13th, 2019 after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha. The activists chanted slogans including ‘Joi Aai Axom’, ‘Assam Government Hai Hai’ etc. and offered grand welcome to the delegation spearheaded by Gogoi that went to the national capital – New Delhi to meet leaders of different political parties and urge them to stop the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was scheduled to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on February 13th, 2019.
The Bill has lapsed as the Rajya Sabha failed to pass it on the last day of the Budget session. The 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.
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 opposition parties have raised objections over the listing of the Citizenship Bill without consultation. As the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the Bill on February 13th, 2019, it would have to be cleared by the next Lok Sabha again. The BJP government at the Centre has been pitching for the early passage of the legislation.