Citizenship Bill excludes Muslims in India

Citizenship Bill excludes Muslims in India

In Tripura, the strike was essentially observed in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), where it was marred by violence between protesters and police - at least four demonstrators were injured after police allegedly opened fire at them.

The bill seeks to give citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to India before December 31, 2014.

As reported in the IANS, Assam witnessed a total shutdown on Tuesday even as strike supporters ransacked a BJP office in Dibrugarh town.

"We don't know the reason behind this cowardly attack which is totally unacceptable", Hek told IANS.

Members of the Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad cut their own skins with blades and wrote slogans on the road tarmac on the streets of Lakhimpur against the bill amid the 11-hour lock-down called by the Northeast Students' Organisation (NESO), All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and another 30 indigenous organisations.

The activists shouted slogans like "Modi government down down" and asked Bangladeshis to go back to their country. Congress said many states opposed the bill and demanded that it should be sent to a select committee, walking out after the government did not heed its demand. A skeleton service of the government-run Assam State Transport Corporation buses was pressed into service. He also said, the Centre has taken several measures to implement the Assam Accord.

Three, it is seen as the BJP's way push forward its majoritarian, Hindutva agenda as it comes right in the middle of the NRC updating exercise that aims to identify illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Assam.

Singh said the BJP-led government had eased visa norms for such migrants in 2015-16 but they could not apply for Indian citizenship as they were regarded as "illegal migrants". "It is the BJP which is responsible for AGP's quitting the alliance and they (BJP) should step down immediately", said the former chief Minister.

The Union Cabinet on Monday cleared the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

BJP Spokesperson Rupam Goswami said, "We have not got any information officially".

"We are to bring to your notice that if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in Parliament, the provisions of Assam Accord and the ongoing preparation of National Register of Citizens will be totally frustrated and the Assamese language, culture and demography will be changed", the letter signed by Bora said.

In the 126-member Assam Assembly, the AGP has just 14 MLAs, while the ruling coalition, which now comprises the BJP with 60 MLAs and Bodoland People's Front (BPF) with 12 MLAs, has a comfortable majority. Mizoram and Meghalaya governments have opposed the Bill by adopting resolution against it in their respective cabinet meetings.

On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah issued a veiled warning to all allies, particularly Shiv Sena, and said that if no alliance happens for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will crush its ex-allies like its opponents.

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