Misinformation is being spread on Citizenship Bill: Sonowal

Guwahati, January 20: In wake of statewide protests, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that a sections of the people in the state are carrying out false propaganda on Citizenship (Amendment), Bill 2016.

“A section of people are trying to instill fear that if the Bill becomes an Act, Assam will be flooded with illegal migrants. The Bill is for the entire nation. It is being said that one crore ninety lakh people will come to Assam from Bangladesh after the Bill is passed.”

He added, “The truth is that the Bill is not enabling any foreigner to enter Assam. The Bill, where the cut of date is December 31, 2014, will only allow the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians to apply for citizenship after a mandatory residency of seven years.”

Sonowal also emphasized that his government is committed to protect the interests of the indigenous communities of Assam and further appealed to the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to lend their full cooperation for implementation of the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The Assam Accord was a Memorandum of Settlement signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement in New Delhi on August 15, 1985 in presence of Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister. A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979.