Guwahati, January 12: Along with the students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Guwahati, the students of the IIT-Bombay raised their voices against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The students staged a demonstration inside the campus carrying placards which read – ‘We oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016’, ‘We are Assamese, Religion can’t divide us’, ‘Save Secularism’ and so on.
The protesting students said, “The Citizenship Bill is clearly violating the Assam Accord. If this anti-Assamese Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha it will definitely destroy the foundation of the Constitution and the updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be pointless.”
The Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.
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.