BJP Ally Janata Dal-United To Visit Northeast Over Citizenship Bill


Janata Dal-United vice-president Prashant Kishor will lead the delegation.

Guwahati: 

The fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill may soon receive support from unusual quarters, with the Janata Dal-United – a key constituent of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) – planning to send a delegation to meet civil society bodies in the Northeast later this month.

They are expected to cover several parts of the region through January 28 and 29, speaking to the public as well as different stakeholders at a time when many political allies of the BJP have already conveyed their displeasure over the bill. The Asom Gana Parishad went as far as to quit the NDA in protest against the controversial legislation.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act-1955 for granting expedited Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from three neighbouring countries. While people hit the streets to protest against facilitating the entry of outsiders, social groups alleged discrimination against immigrants on religious grounds.

The Janata Dal-United delegation will comprise party vice-president Prashant Kishor, secretary general KC Tyagi, general secretary (northeast in-charge) Afaque Ahmad Khan and Nagaland unit president NSN Lotha. A senior leader said on the condition of anonymity that the party has already decided to vote against the bill in the Rajya Sabha, and it will try and convince other NDA partners to do so too.

At least four chief ministers from the Northeast have raised their concerns on the bill until now. Recently, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga visited the national capital in a combined effort to make the centre scrap the controversial legislation in the face of raging protests across the region. Mr Sangma’s National People’s Party and Mr Zoramthanga’s Mizo People’s Front are both part of the NDA.





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Misinformation Being Spread Over Citizenship Bill: Sarbananda Sonowal


Sarbananda Sonowal said the efforts will go long way in protecting the interests of the indigenous people

Guwahati: 

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday claimed that misinformation was being spread about the Citizenship Bill and asserted that interests of indigenous people will not be harmed.

Even as protests continued at many places across the state, Mr Sonowal appealed to all those opposing the controversial bill to support the Centre’s “pragmatic steps” for implementing the Clause-6 of the Assam Accord.

Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad, the recognised body representing government employees, extended its full support to the ongoing agitation led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) against the bill and warned that the Centre will solely be responsible for any untoward situation due to the protests.

During a function to inaugurate the newly-established branch of Auniati Satra at Bandardewa in Lakhimpur district, Mr Sonowal said that a misinformation campaign was being unleashed by certain organisations on the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“While people pay utmost respect to movements led by the non violent values of Mahatma Gandhi, misinformation always lends negative impact in society and such campaigns are always discarded by people,” he said.

Trying to alleviate fears among the Assamese people, he explained that even if the bill was enacted as law, no one will get citizenship automatically, as one has to apply to the concerned district’s deputy commissioner, who will then review and forward it to a competent authority to make the applicant an Indian national.

Talking about the recent high-power committee set up by the Centre, Mr Sonowal said, “Though several governments came to power in the state as well as the Centre after the signing of Assam Accord in 1985, no government made any tangible effort to implement Clause 6 of the Accord, safeguarding the constitutional, legislative, administrative interests of the indigenous people.” 

“The present central government has for the first time taken pragmatic steps for implementation of Clause 6 by constituting a high-level committee and also taking steps for granting ST status to six communities of the state.” 

These efforts will go a long way in protecting the interests of the indigenous people of the state, he said.

Protests against the bill took place at various places in the state with the All Maran Students’ Union holding an economic blockade for all vehicles for Arunachal Pradesh, and organising a bike rally at Makum.

Black flags were shown to Congress MP Sushmita Dev for her reported move to support the bill, which favours Hindus coming from Bangladesh.

The bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India, even if they do not possess any document.

Massive protests broke out across the state and other parts of the northeast after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Silchar on January 4 that the controversial bill would be passed as soon as possible in Parliament.





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Small Number Of Bangladeshis To Benefit From Citizenship Bill: Home Ministry Official


Those opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill in north-east say it nullifies provisions of Assam Accord

New Delhi: 

Only a small number Bangladeshi nationals are likely to benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, as less than 200 people from the neighbouring country have so far availed the long-term visa (LTV) regime introduced in 2015, a senior Home Ministry official said.

The majority of those who are likely to apply for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Bill will be from Pakistan, as nearly 35,000 of such people have got LTVs so far.

“The number of LTVs issued by the Home Ministry to Bangladeshi nationals from 2011 to January 8, 2019, is just 187, while total LTVs issued to Pakistani nationals during the same period is 34,817,” the official said.

Those who will apply for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Bill must fulfil similar criteria of LTVs.

“There cannot be too many Bangladeshis applying for the Indian nationality under the proposed new law. Otherwise, they would have already taken the LTVs for which criteria are the same,” the official said.

Of the 187 LTVs granted to Bangladeshi nationals, only two were given in 2018, three in 2017, 50 LTVs were given in 2016, 26 LTVs were issued in 2015, 74 in 2014, 27 in 2012 and four in 2011. No LTV was issued to any Bangladeshi national in 2013.

Of the total Pakistani nationals given LTVs between January 1, 2015 and January 14, 2019, as many as 15,107 have been living in Rajasthan, 1,560 are living in Gujarat, 1,444 are living in Madhya Pradesh, 599 are staying in Maharashtra, 581 in Delhi, 342 in Chhattisgarh and 101 in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Indian nationality will be given to persecuted people belonging to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have been living in the country for six years instead of current 11 years. This is applicable to those who have come to India till December 31, 2014.

A large section of people and organisations in the north-east have opposed the bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.

There have been protests against the bIll in the region ever since it was introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already said the bill will apply to all the states and the Union Territories and the beneficiaries can reside anywhere in the country. “The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and the government of India is committed to give all help to the state government and people of Assam,” Mr Singh had said.





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Northeast Chief Ministers Knock On Delhi’s Door Against Citizenship Bill


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was among those who visited Union Minister Rajnath Singh.

Guwahati: 

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga visited the national capital today in a combined effort to make the centre scrap the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill in the face of raging protests across the region. Mr Sangma’s National People’s Party and Mr Zoramthanga’s Mizo People’s Front are both part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The two leaders visited Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and told him that all the six coalition partners — including the United Democratic Party and People’s Democratic Front — believed that the bill would disrupt the social fabric of Meghalaya and the Northeast by causing law-and-order problems in the region. “The Citizenship Amendment Bill will affect the Northeast to a great extent. The bill is against the spirit of its people of North East, and is likely to give rise to serious repercussions. It will also create law-and-order problems,” said Mr Sangma.

Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek, who is from the BJP, maintained that everybody was opposed to the bill. “I urge your good office to reconsider the decision and resolve a solution for the people of Meghalaya and the Northeast,” said West Garo Hills legislator Saleng A Sangma. “The bill will finish the identity of Meghalaya and lead to various social problems in the state.”

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has already clarified that the BJP-led coalition government will not support the passage of the bill unless it includes a provision for protecting the indigenous people of the region. One of its allies — the Asom Gana Parishad — quit the alliance in protest last month.

The party leadership has assured NDA constituents in the Northeast that it will take every step to ensure that the people’s interests are protected. “We’re reaching out to our alliance partners who have expressed concerns over the bill. We assure them that the interests of each and every state will be taken care of. We’re confident that those who have left will come back,” BJP troubleshooter and general secretary Ram Madhav said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has triggered massive protests in the Northeastern states, was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. It seeks to amend the Citizenship Act-1955 for granting expedited Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from three neighbouring countries.





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Chief Ministers Of Meghalaya, Mizoram Meet Rajnath Singh, Urge Scrapping Of Citizenship Bill


All coalition partners from Meghalaya are against the Citizenship Bill, said Conrad Sangma.

New Delhi: 

As the northeast stands united against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, two chief ministers from the region met Home Minister Rajnath Singh today to urge the centre to scrap the controversial bill. Conrad Sangma, who is heading the government in Meghalaya in alliance with the BJP, and Mizoram’s new Chief Minister Zoramthanga said there should not be any dilution of the 64-year-old Citizenship Act.

“We have expressed our concerns over the bill. All coalition partners from Meghalaya are against the amendment. We have urged the centre to reconsider its decision and not to go forward with the Bill,” Mr Sangma said.

All northeastern states are unhappy, and the Meghalaya cabinet has even passed a resolution opposing the bill, he added.

“It (amendments) should not be there. Let it be as it is. Let it not be amended as it is proposed. That’s what we want,” Mr Zoramthanga told reporters.

Mr Sangma said that the Home Minister has assured them that he will look into it and that he will also call a meeting with all chief ministers from the northeast.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has already made it clear that the coalition government in the state led by the BJP will not support the passage of the Bill unless there is a provision for protecting the indigenous people of the northeast.

Several allies of the BJP have also made their opposition to the “discriminatory” bill known to the ruling party, but it maintained that the “bill is not any state or region specific, it is for the entire country”.

“We’re reaching out to our alliance partners who have expressed concerns over the bill, we’ll reassure them that interests of each and every state will be taken care of. We’re confident that those who have left will come back,” BJP’s troubleshooter and general secretary Ram Madhav, said referring to the Asom Gana Parishad’s (AGP) exit from the NDA over the bill.

Even though Mr Madhav accepted that some of the concerns are valid, he accused those opposing the bill of spreading misinformation.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which has triggered massive protests in the northeastern states, was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.





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Sarbananda Sonowal Under Pressure As Neighbours Oppose Citizenship Bill


Sarbananda Sonowal assured the people of Assam that he will never betray them.

Guwahati: 

Cornered over widespread protests in the state over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which has been passed in Lok Sabha on January 8, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reassured agitators that he would ‘never betray them’. The BJP had come to power in the state in 2016.

“The people of Assam have made me the chief minister with lots of trust and confidence. I have not come here to betray them. I shall work for the development of Assam till the last moment,” said the chief minister while addressing a meeting at Dhubri in Assam.

The Chief Minister had been criticised for not considering the popular sentiment in the state against the controversial bill.

Pressure increased on Mr Sonowal after the state government of Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland opposed the bill. The Meghalaya cabinet has already passed a resolution opposing the bill, with even its lone BJP minister siding with the majority.

In Meghalaya, Sofiur Rahman, head of the State BJP’s Minority Morcha, resigned from the party in protest the bill. He has warned the party of an impending defeat if it tables the bill in the Rajya Sabha.

“You’ll see one day, only we can protect the Assamese race. I am the Chief Minister and I am here to establish peace following the ideologies of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Hemanga Biswas,” Mr Sonowal added.

At least four BJP MLAs, including speaker of state legislative assembly Hitendra Nath Goswami, have aired their opposition to the bill.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) that cut ties with the BJP over the bill, has decided to launch state-wide protests from January 18.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and entered India before December 31, 2014, after six years of residence in the country, instead of the current 12 years, even if they do not have any proper documents.





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Northeast Delegation To Visit Delhi With Plea For Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “Scrap Citizenship Bill”


Conrad Sangma said he was always in favour of scrapping the controversial legislation.

Guwahati: 

Facing public anger, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has decided to lead a delegation to New Delhi with an appeal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh withdraw the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The legislation, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha amid allegations of “religious discrimination”, aims to hasten the citizenship process for non-Muslim migrants from three neighbouring countries. Thousands across the Northeast have hit the streets in protest, clashing with the police and showing black flags to BJP politicians.

Mr Sangma is the president of the National People’s Party, a BJP ally.

The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance delegation has already sought appointments with PM Modi and Mr Singh, sources close to the chief minister said. “As a government, we took the lead in opposing this bill and we will continue opposing it. Now, the situation is slightly different because the bill is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, and it is not a complete amendment yet. So, we are waiting and watching what the government does,” Mr Sangma told reporters in Shillong.

The Meghalaya cabinet has already passed a resolution opposing the bill, with even its lone BJP minister — AL Hek — siding with the majority. In neighbouring Assam, the Asom Gana Parishad has already snapped ties with the BJP on the issue.

The BJP suffered yet another setback in Meghlaya as Sofiur Brahman, head of the State BJP’s Minority Morcha, resigned from the party in protest against the controversial bill. He has warned the party of an impending defeat if it tables the bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Both the BJP legislators in the state have already urged the centre to reconsider its position on the bills, saying that the protests will go out of control if it is pushed through the upper house too.





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Citizenship Bill 2016: Assam Singer Zubeen Garg To BJP- Return Our Votes – नागरिकता बिल: असम के सिंगर ने BJP से वापस मांगे वोट, कहा


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नागरिकता बिल, 2016 (Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016) के विरोध में असमिया गायक जुबीन गर्ग (Zubeen Garg) ने भारतीय जनता पार्टी (BJP)से मांग की है कि उनकी आवाज से उसे मिले वोट वापस कर दीजिए. असम के मुख्यमंत्री सर्बानंद सोनोवाल (Sarbananda Sonowal) को गायक गर्ग ने पहले खत लिखा था, लेकिन उस पर जवाब नहीं आने के बाद गायक ने कहा है कि साल 2016 में उनके गाने से भाजपा को जो वोट मिले थे, वे वापस कर दिए जाएं. फेसबुक पोस्ट में गायक ने कहा है कि गाने के लिए उन्हें मिले मेहनताना लौटने के लिए भी वे तैयार हैं. गायक का यह पोस्ट वायरल हो गया है. 

उन्होंने लिखा है, ‘प्रिय सर्बानंद सोनोवाल, मैंने आपको कुछ दिन पहले आपको खत लिखा था. लगता है कि आप जवाब देने के लिए काले झंडे गिन रहे हैं.’ उन्होंने यह बात उस संदर्भ में कही है, जहां राज्य में विरोध प्रदर्शन में काले झंडे दिखाए जा रहे हैं. उन्होंने साथ ही लिखा है, ‘साल 2016 में मेरी आवाज का इस्तेमाल करके आपने जो वोट लिए थे, क्या मैं वे वोट वापस ले सकता हूं? मैं मेहनताना वापस करने के लिए तैयार हूं.’

असम: कांग्रेस का सीएम सोनोवाल को ऑफर, बीजेपी छोड़ हमारे साथ आएं, फिर से बना देंगे मुख्यमंत्री

आठ जनवरी को गायक गर्ग ने चेताया था कि सीएम अगर बिल को खत्म करने के लिए सात दिनों के भीतर कोई कदम नहीं उठाते हैं तो वह प्रदर्शन करेंगे. सिंगर ने सीएम को संबोधित करते हुए एक भावुक पत्र सोशल मीडिया पर पोस्ट किया था. उन्होंने कहा था, ‘अगर नागरिकता बिल लोकसभा में पास भी हो गया तो सर्बानंद इसे ना कह सकते हैं. बोलो और देखो, बाकी बाद में देखा जाएगा. मैं अभी भी अपने को ठंडा रखा हुआ हूं. मैं एक सप्ताह के लिए असम में नहीं रहूंगा. अगर मेरी वापसी से पहले सर्बानंद कुछ कार्रवाई करे तो अच्छा रहेगा. अन्यथा इस बार, मैं अपने दम पर आंदोलन करूंगा. मैं क्या करूंगा, मुझे नहीं पता.’ बता दें, राज्य के एक अन्य गायक, अंगारग महंता (पापोन) ने भी बिल का विरोध किया है, उन्होंने कहा है यह “असमिया भावनाओं” को आहत करता है.

भाजपा नेता की धमकी के बाद असम यूनिवर्सिटी में प्रदर्शन पर लगी रोक

बता दें, नागरिकता (संशोधन) विधेयक के खिलाफ असम में प्रदर्शन लगातार जारी है. काजीरंगा विश्वविद्यालय की ओर जाने वाली सड़क को बाधित करने के प्रयास में सैकड़ों प्रदर्शनकारियों को हिरासत में लिया गया. मुख्यमंत्री सर्वानंद सोनोवाल को वहां दीक्षांत समारोह के लिए जाना था. कृषक मुक्ति संग्राम समिति (केएमएसएस) और जातियताबंदी युवा छात्र परिषद (एजेवाईसीपी) के 100 से प्रदर्शनकारियों ने नारेबाजी की और काले झंडे दिखाए. 

असम के भाजपा कार्यालय में जमकर हुई तोड़फोड़, इस विधेयक पर भड़के थे लोग

हालात पर काबू पाने के लिए पुलिस ने 100 से ज्यादा प्रदर्शनकारियों को हिरासत में ले लिया. कार्यक्रम समाप्त होने के बाद उन्हें छोड़ दिया गया. कार्बी आंगलांग जिले में सैकड़ों प्रदर्शनकारियों ने राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग-36 को कुछ घंटों तक बाधित रखा. गोलपाड़ा के दुधोनी में राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग 37 पर जोगी और कलिता समुदाय के लोगों ने विधेयक की प्रतियां जलाई.

लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले बीजेपी को बड़ा झटका, अब इस दल ने छोड़ा साथ

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Assamese Singer Zubeen Garg Protests Citizenship Bill, Says “Please Return Our Votes”


Zubeen Garg had posted an emotional letter addressed to Sarbananda Sonowal on social media.

New Delhi: 

Five days after Assamese singer Zubeen Garg wrote to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, he demanded that the votes the BJP got using an election song sung by him in 2016 be “returned”.

In a Facebook post, Mr Garg also offered to return the remuneration received for the song. The singer has over 8.58 lakh followers on Facebook and the post has gone viral.

“Dear Sarbananda Sonowal Da, wrote a letter to you few days back. Guess you are too busy counting the black flags to respond,” the singer wrote, referring to the ongoing protests across the state where black flags were waved.

“So, can I get the votes back that you earned using my voice in 2016? I am ready to refund the remuneration,” he added.

On January 8, Mr Garg had threatened to protest if the chief minister failed to take steps to scrap the controversial Bill within seven days. The singer had posted an emotional letter addressed to Mr Sonowal on social media along with his photograph holding the letter.

“Even if the Citizenship Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, Sarbada (Sarbananda Sonowal) can say no to it. Speak and see, rest will be seen later. I am still keeping my cool. I won’t be in Assam for one week. It will be good if Sarbada takes some action before my return. Otherwise this time, I will agitate on my own. What I will do, I don’t know,” he said.

Another singer from the state, Angarag Mahanta (Papon), opposed the Bill saying it hurts the “Assamese sentiments”.

Meanwhile, protests continued across the state on Sunday and over hundred agitators were picked up when they blocked the road to Kaziranga University, where Mr Sonowal had gone for the convocation.

The protesters from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) shouted slogans and waved black flags.

Members of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) shaved their heads in Jamugurihat demanding immediate withdrawal of the Bill. In Karbi Anglong district, hundreds of students blocked the National Highway-36 for hours, while Jogi and Kalita communities burnt copies of the Bill on NH-37 in Dudhnoi in Goalpara.

Criticising the BJP-led government at Centre and state, the Left Democratic Manch vowed to continue the agitation till the Bill is scrapped.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and entered India before December 31, 2014, after six years of residence in the country, instead of the current 12 years, even if they do not have any proper documents.





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