Citizenship Amendment Bill: Date of hearing has been postponed to April 17

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GUWAHATI : The hearing of much debated citizenship amendment bill has been postponed. The BJP-led coalition state government of Assam seems to be least bothered about the Citizenship Amendment Bill as the date of hearing for the same has been postponed again from  April 12 to April 17.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on April 10 confirmed that the meeting had been postponed.

Numerous organisations and union bodies across the state have expressed their dismay and alleged the government of involving in dirty politics.

Many organisations have also called for boycott of the hearing on April 17.

It may be mentioned that it was decided earlier that the JPC shall be visiting Assam

for the hearing after the state government had requested for the same and

the committee too had agreed.

beside posponed many groups protesting on this issue

However, the scenario now is completely different.

The state government had sent a letter to the centre asking the JPC not to visit Assam, over security concerns.

All Assam Students Union (AASU) had alleged that they, along with 27 other organisations representing different ethnic groups of Assam, had submitted a memorandum to the JPC, however, only a few have been called for the hearing.

Also, organisations that support the establishment of Bangladeshi Hindus in Assam have been given preference and invited to the hearing.

AASU leader Samujjal Bhattacharya asked what the need was for the hearing to be conducted during Bihu and why the government of Assam did not inform of the inconvenience caused to the people of Assam to participate in the hearing during Bihu.

KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi has urged the concerned people to boycott the hearing in Delhi.

Interestingly, the opposition Congress is keeping mum on the issue.

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