Guwahati: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesperson and Chairperson of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDCL) Jayanta Malla Baruah on Saturday stated that the Congress party in its party manifesto had promised to pass the Law of Asylum if they are voted to power. Therefore, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee and their leaders like Tarun Gogoi and Ripun Borah has got no moral right to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, claimed Baruah.
Addressing the media at BJP party office in Hengrabari Guwahati, Jayanta Malla Baruah said that Congress in its Manifesto on page no 16 stating about their Foreign policies had promised to pass the Law of Asylum which will directly help the Rohingyas to enter in the territory of India, thus, the Government of India will be bound to provide them the citizenship, if such bill gets passed. “This will be a serious challenge and threat to the nation and its integrity, especially in Assam,” said Baruah.
It is to be noted that as per Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”.
He also claimed that such kind of bill would change the demographic condition of the state of Assam by making it the second Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanta Malla Baruah also mentioned that Congress Party is engaged in promoting false propaganda against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in their election campaigns.
It may also be mentioned that the Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.
Furthermore, It also appeals for the minimum years of residency in India to apply for citizenship to be lessened from at least 11 to six years for such migrants. However, the Bill does not extend to illegal Muslim migrants. The Bill also seeks to cancel the registration of Overseas Citizen of India cardholders in case of a law violation.