Committed to protect jati, mati and bheti: Sonowal

Lakhimpur, January 20: Amid widespread protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated on Sunday that his government is committed to protect the indigenous people’s jatimati and bheti (community, home and hearth).

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While speaking in an event at the Auniati Satra, he said, “The government would never go against the Assamese community. A section of people are spreading lies, running false propaganda without having basic knowledge about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. We are committed to safeguard jatimati and bheti.”

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.

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“I grew up witnessing the Assam Agitation. I have respect for movements. But the problems cannot be solved through agitations. Till the last drop of my blood, I will fight for my people,” he added.

The Chief Minister further appealed to all the movement bodies including the AASU, Artists Federation, including the educationists to sit for talks to resolve the issue.