Bill will be a disaster: Former CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta 

GUWAHATI :  The proposed bill will be the biggest problem of the state.

Former Chief Minister Prafulla kumar mahanta has warned today.

Former Assam chief minister and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,

introduced by the Narendra Modi government will be a disaster for

the identity and culture of the indigenous population in the state.

“We are demanding withdrawal of the bill as Assam would bear the

maximum brunt of illegal migrants, especially Hindu migrants

from Bangladesh, if it is passed.

In the Assam Accord, we agreed to accept migrants from erstwhile

East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) who entered the state till March 24, 1971.

wont accept bill on religious lines

We can’t accept the bill as it seeks to give citizenship on religious lines,”

said Mahanta, who was one of the signatories of the Accord, which was

signed following the Assam Agitation (1979-1985).

The 1985 Assam Accord says any person entering the state illegally after

the midnight of March 24, 1971 will be deported.

The draft bill seeks to help Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and

Christians migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to get

citizenship after a stay of six years.

The Mancha today submitted a memorandum to the select parliamentary

committee constituted by the Centre last month after Opposition parties

demanded the bill’s withdrawal in Parliament.

The parliamentary committee is accepting objections and suggestions

from organisations and the public till September 30.

“We have also written to major political parties seeking their support

in opposing the bill in the interest of the indigenous people.

The Assamese people have a unique identity, culture and language

citizenship to more migrants will further aggravate the situation,” he said.

The Mancha had recently filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in

Gauhati High Court opposing the bill.

On the BJP, its ally in the state, introducing the bill, Mahanta

said, “We urge the BJP to withdraw the bill to protect the interest

of the indigenous people and the state.

Meanwhile The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC)’s visit to Assam

to take reaction from various quarters of the society on the Citizenship

(Amendment) Bill, 2016 has evoked strong responses from various groups.

The AGP, an ally of the ruling BJP-led coalition government in Assam,

opposed the bill with former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta

making the first representation before the JPC at the Assam

Administrative Staff College in Khanapara, Guwahati.

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