KOKRAJHAR, May 8: The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) has appealed to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to minutely study the voices raised by the people of Assam and respect the sentiments of the indigenous people of the State to give justice for the greater interest of the nation. The general secretary of the UPPL, Pradeep Kr. Daimary appealed to the Central government to withdraw the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants, who are Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. He said the bill would make illegal migrants eligible for citizenship on the basis of religion. This will violate the basic principles enshrined in the Preamble and the rights guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, he added. Therefore, the UPPL appealed to the Union government not to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 for determining and granting citizenship on the basis of religion.
Daimary said this ideology was clearly drawn from Israel’s law of return and aims to increase the number of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam. In fact, this will be very much contrary to the spirit of the Assam Accord, 1985. Besides, this policy in the Indian context will be contrary to the ideals of secularism and pluralism and thus unconstitutional. Instead, the Government of Assam should take up it with the Government of India for making a diplomatic move with the national governments concerned, especially Bangladesh, for protection of persecuted Hindu Bengalis therein and make them live peacefully without immigrating to India, he said.
Moreover, the NRC updation is going on in full-swing in Assam and is supposed to be over within the middle of this year, which might be affected by these actions. Therefore, the UPPL appealed to the JPC currently touring Assam to suggest the Central government either to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 or suspend its operation for the greater interest of the people of Assam and the nation as a whole.