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Chakma-Hajongs cannot be citizens: AAPSU to PM

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Oct 17: At a time when several student organisations in Assam have been fighting against illegal Bangladeshi migrants coming into the state, student organisations of neighbouring Aruchal Pradesh took up the similar issue and vouched to fight against the mece. Registering its protest against the recent direction of the Election Commission and the Supreme Court, the All Aruchal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) on Saturday said that Chakma and Hajong refugees from Bangladesh living in Aruchal Pradesh can neither be given citizenship nor voting rights. In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister rendra Modi, the AAPSU said that these people should be deported to Bangladesh. "All the concerned offices including President of India, Prime Minister of India, Home Minister of India should be sensitive to the constitutiol safeguard regarding Aruchal Pradesh in the wake of the recent SC verdict declaring 1497 Chakma Hajong Refugees to be granted voting rights at per with the indigenous people of Aruchal Pradesh," said Kamta Lapung, AAPSU president. In a verdict the Supreme Court has recently asked both Centre and State to filise the conferment of citizenship rights on eligible Chakma and Hajongs while the Election Commission declared 1497 Chakma-Hajong refugees as eligible voters.

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