Sikkim Will Be Affected If Citizenship Bill Is Passed: Congress

Northeast has been witnessing widespread protests demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Bill
Northeast has been witnessing widespread protests demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Bill

Gangtok, February 2, 2019

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer for Sikkim, Pradyot Deb Barman on February 1st, 2019 stated that the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is going to affect Sikkim too despite the state having Article 371 F for its safeguard.

“The state of Sikkim will be affected too if the Citizenship Bill is passed despite the Article 371 F,” he said.  The Article 371 F clause (g) of the Indian constitution amends to provide peace and equitable ensuring social and economic advancement of different sections of the people of Sikkim.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties in Sikkim are set to forge an alliance in a bid to challenge the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) led by Pawan Chamling that has been ruling the Himalayan state since 1994.

It may be mentioned that Assam including other Northeastern states is on the boil over the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha during the winter session of the parliament.

The Bill was introduced at the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Persis, Jains of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh eligible for citizenship.