Guwahati, May 08: Monday (May 07) witnessed thousands of Assamese people coming out in protest of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 at the Joint Parliamentary Committee hearing organised in Guwahati.
More than 500 organisations submitted thousands of memorandums to the JPC, against the bill.
Various organisations and opinion leaders have alleged that the bill would breach the clauses of the Assam Accord of 1985 which clearly states that any Bangladeshi national who comes to Assam after 1971 shall be deported, irrespective of his/her religion.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced by the centre in Lok Sabha in July, 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make illegal migrants who belong to six communities viz. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship of India. The bill also proposed to relax the requirements of citizenship by naturalisation.
Many have also alleged that the bill is nothing but a blueprint of the BJP government to bring Bangladeshi Hindus to Assam, which later shall serve as vote banks.
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