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Asam Sahitya Sabha reiterates its opposition to Citizenship Bill

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DIBRUGARH, May 2 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha has come down heavily on the BJP-led government for its continued and determined effort to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and ensure its passage in both the houses of the Parliament.

Following a meeting of the executive body of Asam Sahitya Sabha at Rameshwarlal Saharia Sangati Bhawan, which concluded yesterday evening, the Sabha said that the Bill clearly violates the Assam Accord and is destined to defeat the purpose of NRC and, therefore such a Bill cannot be endorsed. Reiterating further that the CAB was against the tenets of the Constitution as it could cause major havoc to the existing secular fabric in the state and the country in general by accommodating Hindu Bangladeshis, the literary body resolved to urge upon the ruling government to quash the Bill.

In the event of failure on the part of the ruling government to repeal the Bill, the apex literary body warned that the organization would launch mass democratic protests in collaboration with all ethnic and religious groups as per the decision taken during the recent Jatiya Abhivartan.

Among several other resolutions, the Sabha also resolved to press for appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards in an effort to protect, preserve and promote language, culture and identity of the Assamese people.

Earlier, the Sabha honoured Dr Santanu Lahkar with the Swahid Muzammil Haque Award, which was given away by Dr Nagen Saikia.

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Asam Sahitya Sabha reiterates its opposition to Citizenship Bill

DIBRUGARH, May 2 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha has come down heavily on the BJP-led government for its continued and determined effort to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and ensure its passage in both the houses of the Parliament.

Following a meeting of the executive body of Asam Sahitya Sabha at Rameshwarlal Saharia Sangati Bhawan, which concluded yesterday evening, the Sabha said that the Bill clearly violates the Assam Accord and is destined to defeat the purpose of NRC and, therefore such a Bill cannot be endorsed. Reiterating further that the CAB was against the tenets of the Constitution as it could cause major havoc to the existing secular fabric in the state and the country in general by accommodating Hindu Bangladeshis, the literary body resolved to urge upon the ruling government to quash the Bill.

In the event of failure on the part of the ruling government to repeal the Bill, the apex literary body warned that the organization would launch mass democratic protests in collaboration with all ethnic and religious groups as per the decision taken during the recent Jatiya Abhivartan.

Among several other resolutions, the Sabha also resolved to press for appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards in an effort to protect, preserve and promote language, culture and identity of the Assamese people.

Earlier, the Sabha honoured Dr Santanu Lahkar with the Swahid Muzammil Haque Award, which was given away by Dr Nagen Saikia.