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2 BJP CMs from Northeast oppose citizenship bill; urge Rajnath to ensure it doesn't pass in RS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The chief ministers of two northeast states, Arunachal Pradesh's and Manipur's N Dingh, Monday voiced their opposition to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill and urged to ensure it was not passed in Rajya Sabha, officials said.

During a 30-minute meeting, the two BJP CMs apprised the about the prevailing situation in the Northeast, which has been witnessing continuous protests against the Bill, that seeks to provide Indian nationality to non-Muslims from Pakistan, and

The two requested the not to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill before convincing the people of the Northeast and sought protection of their cultural and linguistic identity, an said.

The home minister asked the chief ministers not to worry and assured that the rights of the indigenous people of the Northeast would not be diluted, the said.

The bill provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, and after seven years of residence in instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting nod.

There has been strong opposition in and other Northeastern states against the bill.

Political parties have been protesting on the grounds that the bill seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims who have come up to December 31, 2014, thereby, increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Accord.

Also, according to the Accord, all illegal immigrants who have come after 1971, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported and this bill violates that.

had announced that the bill is an "atonement of the wrong that was done during India's Partition. will safeguard all who had been victims of the Partition".

On Saturday, addressing a rally in Assam, Modi said the citizenship bill won't harm the interests of the people of the region but will provide succour to those who have "embraced the idea and ethos of Mother India".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:30 IST
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