Sonowal bats for Citizenship Bill, says won’t betray indigenous communities

Guwahati, January 20: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal once again asserted that his government wouldn’t betray the people of Assam.

Emphasizing that misinformation is being spread over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 across the state, he said, “This is a blatant lie. We are not going to betray the people of Assam. The present Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking keen interest for protecting the rights and privileges of the people of Assam.”

Sonowal said that the application of the people who apply for citizenship will be verified by the local authorities of the concerned districts and not by the Central government.

It may be mentioned that Assam is on the boil over the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on January 8. It was however, stalled at the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress and other parties.

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.