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Letter to BS: BJP is bent on taking steps that could be harmful for India

Even NDA partners like JD(U), Shiv Sena, and Akali Dal have opposed this Bill, besides BJP's regional partners in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Nagaland

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People wait to check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday, July 30, 2018

It is quite apparent now that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (NDA) government at the Centre is hell-bent on passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, in the Rajya Sabha, despite protests and agitations across all the states in north eastern parts of the country. Even NDA partners like JD(U), Shiv Sena, and Akali Dal have opposed this Bill, besides BJP's regional partners in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, and The aim is to consolidate the Hindu votes. These moves would have serious adverse consequences in the future.

Narendra Modi, in one of his election speeches earlier, had ridiculed (incidentally, now his partner at the Centre) for proposing similar moves of allowing minorities in to get Indian citizenship. He had stated then that if this is allowed, these foreigners one day would become the MLAs, MPs, chief ministers, and even of the country. The sad tragedy is that in order to retain power, the BJP is bent on taking steps that could be harmful for India.

A Bhuyan Assam

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First Published: Thu, January 31 2019. 21:11 IST
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