Paresh Baruah slams ‘Jatiya Nayak’ Sonowal on Citizenship Bill

ULFA C-in-C Paresh Baruah
ULFA C-in-C Paresh Baruah (File Photo)

Guwahati, January 10: The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent)  ULFA-I lambasted Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

ULFA (I) c-in-c Paresh Baruah warned Sonowal over passing of the Bill. Baruah said that that if the Bill is passed, the government must be ready to face dreadful consequences.

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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He also questioned the title of ‘Jatiya Nayak’ (national hero) which was conferred on Sonowal.

“I have seen Sonowal growing as our village houses were nearby. He never had any feelings for the jati (community)…how can he become a ‘Jatiya Nayak’?,” he said.

It may be noted that the All Assam Students’ Union had conferred the ‘Jatiya Nayak’ title on the then member of Lok Sabha Sonowal when the Supreme Court struck down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) (IMDT) Act in 2005 as a verdict of the Sarbananda Sonowal vs Union of India Case.

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Baruah also slammed Sonowal government for registering a case of sedition against scholar and intellectual Hiren Gohain.