DIMAPUR, Jan 5 - The Janata Dal (United)�s North East Executive Council has decided to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in its present form.
Condemning the decision of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to go ahead with the submission of the Bill in Parliament on January 7, chairman of the JDU council Senchumo Lotha and general secretary of JD(U), Afaque Ahmed Khan, in a release today, said the JPC report in its present form has been haphazardly wrapped up despite strong opposition from almost all the stakeholders.
�The report is arbitrarily summed up rejecting all amendments moved by different members and is therefore bereft of all rationality and does not intend to serve the interest of the indigenous people of Assam as well as the Northeast,� the release said.
The release affirmed that the JD(U) will not support the Bill both inside and outside the Parliament and will see to it that it is withdrawn for the benefit of the affected people. The party also said it would continue to uphold the decision taken during its national executive meeting in New Delhi on July 8, 2018 to oppose the Bill.
The JD(U) said it would join hands with like-minded political parties and support organisations like the North East Students� Organisation (NESO) and the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), which are championing the cause in opposition of the Bill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a rally in Silchar on Friday, said the Bill would be placed in Parliament, and that he would see to it that it was passed as well.
The AASU has called an 11-hour Assam bandh from 5 am to 4 pm on January 8 to protest against the Bill. The NESO also called a North East bandh on the same day opposing the Bill.