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Citizenship ‘Amendment’ Bill against secular nature of country: ACMS

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Dibrugarh, May 12: In tune with the ongoing din around the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, senior leaders of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) also condemned the introduction of such a bill in the Parliament.

The president of the organization, Pawan Singh Ghatowar, and its general secretary Dileshwar Tanti, issued a press release through which the leaders pointed out the consequences of the said bill becoming an act. Holding the bill to be a threat to the language, culture and history of Assam, they also opined that the bill was unconstitutional, for it was in violation of the secular nature of the country. They added that if the bill made it through the Parliament, it would render both the Assam Accord of 1985 as well as the ongoing NRC process meaningless. Both the senior members feared that such a development would be akin to asking for trouble, as it would set the gate open to many demographic, cultural and linguistic problems. They also held that such an act of granting citizenship status to Hindu Bangladeshis would also prove very costly to the indigenous people of Assam in terms of employment and livelihood.

Through the press communiqué, the leaders demanded for immediate revocation of the bill. Otherwise, scores of people of the tea community would be compelled to come out in stiff opposition to it, they observed.

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