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.