Citizenship bill will never cause any harm to Assam, northeast: PM Modi

10 February, 2019, 17:12 | Author: Carlos George
  • Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

Guwahati: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed a rally in the city of Guwahati on Saturday in a series of rallies to capture the North Eastern states - amid protests over the highly controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 said aid in Assam that there is no room for "intruders" in the state as well as the country.

Whereas his government, PM Modi said, is committed towards safeguarding the rights and interests of the people of the northeast. "The government has proven that it is a protector of the Bangladeshi infiltrators and is against the indigenous people of Assam", he said.

Those who question us, PM Modi said, are being asked by Assam where have they been for over three decades. "I will fight them", the Prime Minister said. It is expected to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha soon.

The citizenship bill seeks to provide citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan following persecution on religious ground.

Reacting sharply to China's remarks, the government said, "Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India". The citizenship bill provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm now, even if they do not possess any document. "They should have come here today to see what the reality is".The citizenship bill is awaiting clearance in the Upper House of Parliament where the ruling coalition is short of numbers. "They must now get recognition as Indian citizens", PM Modi tried to reason.

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Earlier in February previous year, China had voiced its "firm opposition" to the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with India.

"It must be understood that there is a difference between those who forcefully entered the country and those who were forced to flee their homes to save their lives due to their faith". A former regional ally of the BJP, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), broke up with NDA ahead of the passage of the Bill in the lower house.

"The government with its machinery can show its power and strength.No matter how much the government tries to quell the protests, the agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will continue".

"We demand the prime minister announces tomorrow that the money taken by BJP leaders Mukul Roy (West Bengal) and Himanta Boswa Sarma in the Saradha ponzi scam be returned to the people", he added.

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