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JPC should study impact on Assam Accord: BJP

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NEW DELHI, Oct 25 - The Assam BJP on Tuesday said that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should specifically examine whether the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 clashes with Assam Accord.

At a press conference, State Transport and Industry Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary explained that the State BJP was perturbed over the developments in the State relating to the Bengali Hindu migrants.

Clearly acting under instructions of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who left for Guwahati this afternoon, Patowary said that the Chief Minister held a meeting with the chairman of the JPC Satyapal Singh before his departure.

At the meeting, Sonowal requested Singh to tour Assam along with his JPC members to hold all-round discussions with the stakeholders. He explained to the chairman the sentiments of the people attached with the issue.

The chairman accepted the Chief Minister�s proposal and JPC will travel to Assam, Patowary announced.

Referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Patowary said that Clause 6 A of the Citizenship Act, pertains to Assam Accord. The JPC is examining the Section 6 A to avoid a clash.

�We want the JPC to examine this provision to avoid a clash. We want the JPC to examine whether Section 6 A is sought to be amended. We want the JPC to examine whether the Bill clashes with Section 6 A,� he said.

There will be all round discussions and Assam BJP will also make its submission after consulting all the stakeholders, he said.

Patowary, however, dismissed the prevailing apprehensions that have surfaced in Assam. There is a feeling that the identity of the Assamese people would be lost. But this is not a complex issue, as it is made out to be,� he said.

According to the provisions of the Citizenship Act those who came to India because of religious persecution till March 31, 2014 were given Long Term Visas (LTVs). The provisions were in existence and there was no hue and cry over it, he argued, adding that these Hindu Bengalis were already living in Assam.

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JPC should study impact on Assam Accord: BJP

NEW DELHI, Oct 25 - The Assam BJP on Tuesday said that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should specifically examine whether the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 clashes with Assam Accord.

At a press conference, State Transport and Industry Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary explained that the State BJP was perturbed over the developments in the State relating to the Bengali Hindu migrants.

Clearly acting under instructions of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who left for Guwahati this afternoon, Patowary said that the Chief Minister held a meeting with the chairman of the JPC Satyapal Singh before his departure.

At the meeting, Sonowal requested Singh to tour Assam along with his JPC members to hold all-round discussions with the stakeholders. He explained to the chairman the sentiments of the people attached with the issue.

The chairman accepted the Chief Minister�s proposal and JPC will travel to Assam, Patowary announced.

Referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Patowary said that Clause 6 A of the Citizenship Act, pertains to Assam Accord. The JPC is examining the Section 6 A to avoid a clash.

�We want the JPC to examine this provision to avoid a clash. We want the JPC to examine whether Section 6 A is sought to be amended. We want the JPC to examine whether the Bill clashes with Section 6 A,� he said.

There will be all round discussions and Assam BJP will also make its submission after consulting all the stakeholders, he said.

Patowary, however, dismissed the prevailing apprehensions that have surfaced in Assam. There is a feeling that the identity of the Assamese people would be lost. But this is not a complex issue, as it is made out to be,� he said.

According to the provisions of the Citizenship Act those who came to India because of religious persecution till March 31, 2014 were given Long Term Visas (LTVs). The provisions were in existence and there was no hue and cry over it, he argued, adding that these Hindu Bengalis were already living in Assam.

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