GUWAHATI, Sept 11: Slamming the BJP’s recent adoption of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 as one of the core issues for the ensuing general election, APCC president Ripun Bora on Tuesday accused that the BJP has been playing ‘double standard’ with the interest of the people of Assam.
Notably, during the BJP’s national executive meeting held at New Delhi on September 8 and 9, national president Amit Shah literally created a consensus to adopt the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 as one of the core issues to be highlighted in the ensuing general election in front of the top leaderships of the State BJP.
Talking to the reporters here on Tuesday, APCC President Ripun Bora argued that in one hand, the State BJP has been taking credit of updating the NRC in Assam, while on the other they are considering the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 as one of their poll agenda which is nothing other than ‘double standard’. “If the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is passed in the Parliament, it will directly contradict the very essence of the Assam Accord,” Bora observed. Stating that the illegal foreigners settled in Assam should be identified based on the cut of date of midnight 24 March, 1971 as mandated by the Assam Accord, Bora said, “Passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will mandate a new cut-off date to detect illegal foreigner as per as 31st December, 2014.”
Criticizing the role played by State’s Chief Minister Bora further said, “Chief Minister Sonowal considers himself as the national hero, however, decision to make the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 as one of the core issue was announced right in front of him. Instead of protesting the consensus, he was keeping mum. Hence, the State BJP has been shouting the Jati-Mati-Bheti slogan just to gain power.”