JORHAT, Oct 17 - In a protest against Centre�s alleged unwillingness to invite the representatives of various local organisations for hearing grievances related to the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act, over 100 members of the Jorhat district unit of AJYCP burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chairman of the joint parliamentary committee Dr Satyapal Singh here recently.
�Why the local organisations were not invited to hear the grievances. Showing utter apathy to the voice of the majority of the indigenous organisations of the State, the joint parliamentary committee invited only a few organisations for the hearing. We smell a rat in the case,� said district secretary of Jorhat AJYCP Ritul Pathak.
Opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Pathak said that the entire process of hearing was �communally motivated and was designed to provide shelter for Bangladeshi migrants in the State�. He also added that the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Muslim majority countries.
According to AJYCP, the demographic pattern of the State will witness major changes if the Bangladeshi citizens are granted citizenship in the State by the amendment of the Citizenship Act.