Govt Committed To Protect ‘Jati-Mati-Bheti’: Sonowal On Citizenship Bill

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal

Guwahati, February 12, 2019

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 12th, 2019 that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will not harm Assam.

It may be mentioned that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019.

“The NDA government at the Centre and the alliance government in the state is committed to protect the JatiMatiBheti (community, land, homeland) of the indigenous people. If the Bill, even if it is passed in the Rajya Sabha, will not harm Assam,” said Sonowal.

Various political leaders, students’ unions from the Northeastern States including some Chief Ministers met Singh on various issues related to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief Akhil Gogoi said the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is against the constitution of India and it will change the demographics of India.

It may be recalled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will not harm the interests of the people of Assam and the other Northeastern states on February 9th, 2019 while addressing a rally in Assam’s Changsari in Kamrup district.

“It is a national commitment to the people of the Northeast that they will not be harmed in any way. The citizenship will be only granted after due investigations and recommendations of the state governments,” Modi said.

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. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.

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