Guwahati: Reflecting upon the burning protests taking place in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Union home minister Rajnath Singh has announced that he will soon meet the chief ministers of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya and will discuss the issue in detail with them. The union minister, through this discussion, will try to understand the situations in the respective states along with also knowing their concerns over the CAB. Singh said this in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessing the sporadic violence in the northeastern states.
Notably, it was on Wednesday when the Bill was tabled in Rajya Sabha after it got passed in Lok Sabha the previous day. However, the passing of the Bill in the Lok Sabha created quite uproar in Assam and its adjacent states as people in huge numbers came out to demonstrate their protest against the Bill.
It is after witnessing such uncontrollable situation in the north-eastern states that the Bill remained suspended in the Rajya Sabha with no decision taken on its fate.
Singh, in Rajya Sabha, also told this to the MPs present in the House that the situation in three north-eastern states namely Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya are not peaceful with protesters opposing the Bill. He also added that despite the protests, the situations in the states are fully under control.
The Union Minister stated, “I assure the House that we are committed to preserving Northeast’s identity and culture….We want a peaceful situation in the Northeast and are in constant touch with the state governments. We will strive to protect the identity and culture of the northeast and will take steps to address all concerns.”
As claimed by the minister, passing of this Bill will provide Indian citizenship to the non-Muslims who have come to India at different points of time from the three neighbouring nations Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, he also stressed that this bill is not only for Assam, but for the entire country. He also added that this bill would “protect migrants of six minority communities from three nations.”