Countdown For BJP Begins: Congress On Citizenship Bill

APCC President Ripun Bora addressing media in New Delhi
APCC President Ripun Bora addressing media in New Delhi

New Delhi, February 13, 2019

Following the lapse of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha on February 13th, 2019, former Assam Forest Minister and Congress leader Rockybul Hussain stated that the “countdown for the end of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has begun.”

The Bill lapsed on February 13th, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned sine die on the last day of the Budget session, the last parliamentary session before the Lok Sabha polls.

“The countdown for the end of BJP has begun. The BJP’s arrogance let the saffron outfit down. The saffron tried its best to pass the Bill but they failed miserably. I thank the movement groups and all the individuals who protested against the Bill,” said Hussain.

“In the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is confident of forming the government. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has played a major role in stopping the Bill from passage and we thank him and other Congress leaders wholeheartedly,” he added.

Meanwhile, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Ripun Bora said that the Congress party successfully defeated the Bill and the BJP party in the Upper House. “We had already made it clear that if the Bill is passed we won’t allow the Budget session to continue,” he said. “This is a major victory for Assam and the entire Northeast region,” Bora added.

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi expressed his happiness and gratitude towards Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh for vehemently opposing the Bill. “We believe in democracy and today we have proved that we are with the people of the Assam,” he said.

Congressman and Rajya Sabha member Bhubaneshwar Kalita said, “We are extremely happy that the Bill was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.”

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 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.