GUWAHATI: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has stated that it will continue to oppose the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) in a democratic manner.
Talking to the media, leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia said, "It has been one year since passage of the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) to make it the CAA. BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has made it clear that from January, 2021 the government will implement the CAA by starting the process to provide citizenship to the refuges of neighbouring countries."
Saikia underlined that the Congress party strongly opposed the CAB in the Parliament. But due less number of MPs in the Parliament, the Bill was passed.
"We have already moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the Act because it mentions that the people who arrived in India before the end of 2014 will get citizenship. With this Act, the BJP government has rejected the cut-off date (1971, 24 March) mentioned in the Assam Accord to identify and deport foreigners. The BJP has betrayed the Assamese people," lamented Saikia.
Further, he pointed out that the in 2016, the BJP in its election manifesto stated to implement the Assam accord fully.
"Similarly, in 2014, during the Lok Sabha polls, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi also promised that through the implementation of the Assam Accord the immigration crisis will be solved. Amit shah also made similar promises in the Parliament. But now, the party has insulted the Assam Accord," Saikia asserted.
He reiterated that the Congress will never accept such 'anti-Assam' move made by the BJP and appealed to the people of the State for support.
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