Citizenship Bill


The Northeastern states are dead set against the Citizenship Amendment Bill which have provisions to give Indian Citizenship to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh.The Northeastern states are wholly tribal states. They feel the provisions of the Bill would be a threat to the indigenous and native tribal population in the region. The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 this year in the winter session. To become law it is yet to be passed by the Rajya Sabha.The Citizenship issue is a long burning issue in the Northeast. In the past in Assam the agitated local population even prevented the elections to the Lok Sbha and Vidhan Sabha. They were sure that the illegal migrants would disturb their verdict. The Modi Government is assuring the people that no outsider can threaten the existence of Assamese race and no one needs to panic about future of Assam. The Government of Centre and State are fully committed to protect the land, culture, language of indigenous people. The Assam is ruled by the BJP Government and its state Sarbananda Ministry is facing is very rough weather over the Bill. The Manipur state is also governed by the BJP Ministry. Chief Minister Mr N. Biren Singh had urged the Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh to keep the Manipur out of the preview of the Citizenship Bill. Around the election year all non issues become the issue of agitations. It was on this issue once in Assam a student organisation Asom Gan Parishad swept in power headed by Prafulla Kumar Mohanto. In Northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland normal life came to a grinding halt.Business establishments remained closed down across the Northeastern states. The people of these states are observing “Dooms Day”. In Mizoram the agitating women activists were thrashed by the police. Protesters were rounded up and it is going on everywhere. The Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh met the BJP Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh any Manipur to know their concerns regarding the Citizenship Bill. The people of Northeastern states are highly worried over Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants being granted citizenship despite having entered India after the cut off date march 24 of 1971 as stipulated by the Assam Accord.

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