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Plea to President on Citizenship Bill

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Dec 12 - A delegation of the Asom Andolan Sangrami Mancha, led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Monday called on President Pranab Mukherjee here and urged him to impress upon the Centre to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The nine-member delegation of the Mancha also submitted a memorandum to the President to ensure implementation of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit.

Kumar Deepak Das, who was in the delegation, told newsmen that they urged the President to intervene in the matter as he has a special role to play. Mahanta asserted that the constitutional safeguard mentioned in the Accord for the indigenous people of Assam is a must.

The President gave the delegation a patient hearing and reportedly assured that he would take up the issue with the executive.

Later in the evening, the delegation led by Mahanta met senior BJP leader LK Advani at his residence and discussed the problems that may arise if the Hindu Bengali migrants from Bangladesh are granted citizenship rights as proposed in the Bill.

The Mancha last week staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar here pressing for repeal of the proposed Bill.

It may be mentioned that several organisations, students bodies and political parties have opposed the Centre�s move to amend the Citizenship Act. The proposed Bill on citizenship will negate the Assam Accord.

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Plea to President on Citizenship Bill

NEW DELHI, Dec 12 - A delegation of the Asom Andolan Sangrami Mancha, led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Monday called on President Pranab Mukherjee here and urged him to impress upon the Centre to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The nine-member delegation of the Mancha also submitted a memorandum to the President to ensure implementation of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit.

Kumar Deepak Das, who was in the delegation, told newsmen that they urged the President to intervene in the matter as he has a special role to play. Mahanta asserted that the constitutional safeguard mentioned in the Accord for the indigenous people of Assam is a must.

The President gave the delegation a patient hearing and reportedly assured that he would take up the issue with the executive.

Later in the evening, the delegation led by Mahanta met senior BJP leader LK Advani at his residence and discussed the problems that may arise if the Hindu Bengali migrants from Bangladesh are granted citizenship rights as proposed in the Bill.

The Mancha last week staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar here pressing for repeal of the proposed Bill.

It may be mentioned that several organisations, students bodies and political parties have opposed the Centre�s move to amend the Citizenship Act. The proposed Bill on citizenship will negate the Assam Accord.

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