Rights of Northeast won’t be compromised: PM Modi

Guwahati, January 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 won’t compromise on the rights of the people of the Northeast.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to address the Rajya Sabha on the situation in Northeast after the House reconvenes at 2 pm.

The Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

“I want to assure the people of Assam and Northeast that their rights will not be hurt after passage of the Citizenship Bill,” said Modi while addressing a gathering in Solapur.

Massive protests broke out after the Lok Sabha passed the Bill on Tuesday.

An 11-hour bandh was called by the Northeast Students’ Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other 30 indigenous organisations on Tuesday to protest against the controversial Bill.

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.

“The Bill is not only for Assam or for migrants from a particular country. Assam is dealing with illegal migration for a long time now and Assam’s burden is India’s burden,” Singh said on Tuesday in the Lok Sabha.