NEW DELHI, Nov 23 - The Janata Dal (United) today reiterated its stand on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, with party general secretary and spokesman KC Tyagi asserting they will continue to oppose the Bill.
Tyagi assured a delegation of All Assam Students� Union (AASU), led by adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya, that JD(U) will not change its stand on the Bill.
Later, he told newsmen that the JD(U) had opposed the CAB, 2016 and their stand continues to be same and the party, which is an NDA ally, will continue to oppose it.
The JD(U) has 16 members in the Lok Sabha and six MPs in Rajya Sabha.
Later, Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that they have come to Delhi to launch their campaign against the CAB. He said that they are planning to meet all NDA and non-NDA parties to lobby against the CAB.
Meanwhile, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has opposed the plan to carry out NRC exercise all over the country as well as the proposed CAB.
In a statement to the media, JIH vice president Muhammad Salim Engineer said, �Jamaat expresses grave apprehension on the announcement by the Home Minister of India that the NRC shall be implemented all over the country.
�The JIH feels that the CAB is against the spirit of our Constitution and is discriminatory in nature. It proposes to grant citizenship only to Hindus coming to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and not to other religious communities.
�This Bill goes against the basic idea of India as an inclusive, diverse, secular and democratic nation envisaged by the founding fathers of our Constitution. It is part of the agenda of communal polarization and we are sure the people of India will not fall prey to such divisive politics,� he said.
�If the government insists on nationwide NRC and pushing the CAB, then Jamaat will oppose it. We hope the Opposition parties will play their role in Parliament and stop the passage of these futile initiatives. NRC in combination with CAB is clear evidence that the intention is to harass a particular section of the population.�
�When there are already known procedures and laws to identify foreigners or illegal immigrants, then putting 135 crore people into difficulty seems unjustified. It will cause huge financial burden on the taxpayer while many necessities of the citizens remain unfulfilled. The failure of the NRC exercise in Assam shows the futility of NRC. Nearly 2 million applicants are not in the final list. The government has no idea about what to do with them. Repeated assertion that Assam has four million infiltrators turned out to be false. Nationwide NRC will only cause inconvenience to all citizens especially to the minorities and marginalized communities,� he said.