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Citizenship Bill: AJYCP burns effigy of joint parliamentary panel

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

Kheroni, October 15: Activists of Rajapathar Regiol Committee of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) burnt the effigy of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016 at Rajapathar on Friday evening in protest against the government’s move to grant citizenship to illegal migrants.

The organization described the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016, as ‘commully motivated humanitarianism’ and ‘anti-Assamese’. Leaders of the AJYCP said seeking to grant citizenship on the basis of religious denomition was blatantly in violation of the Constitution. The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act 1955, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Muslim majority countries, mely Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The AJYCP leaders further said that the move was ‘anti-Assamese’ and the Centre should have taken into confidence the people of Assam on the amendment.

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