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Hit by conscience, Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami keeps hope alive

Hit by conscience, Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami keeps hope alive

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Jan 2019 2:27 AM GMT

Citizenship Bill

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI: As if hit by a guilt conscience of sorts, Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami has poured his heart out on the unrest in the wake of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, saying his conscience does not support anything that could spell disaster for the unity and integrity of the people of the State and which its indigenous people do not want to accept.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Speaker said,

“I would like to tell the people of Assam my say on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. All that have been happening in the past few days concerning the Bill has touched me, personally. In spite of this, I feel that while holding a constitutional post I am duty-bound to show respect to the institutional system of the country, besides my personal wishes and aspirations. According to rules, as the Speaker I have no room to make any adverse opinion when an Act is being enacted. Even then, I feel both the governments at the Centre and in the State, as a mark of respect to the opinions of those who love Assam, should take all necessary measures to restore the situation that came up due to the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha in haste and without taking the people of Assam into confidence.”

He, however, said he is still keeping his hope alive “that the Centre and the State Government, by following clear-cut rules based on the all-accepted Assam Accord, will soon take a bold step to dispel the long-drawn fear and doubt of the people of Assam and safeguard the interests of the indigenous people of the State”, adding that to ensure “a waterproof system for such a reality, each and every person who loves Assam will have to discharge his or her responsibility”.

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