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Celebrations in Assam as Citizenship Bill is not tabled in RS

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

With the contentious Citizenship (amendment) Bill set to lapse on June 3 as it was not tabled in the which adjourned sine die on Wednesday, celebrations broke out across which had been vehemently protesting against it.

The Budget session was the last Parliament session of the present government as the Lok Sabha polls are due this summer.

Supporters of various organisations agitating against the bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, were seen coming out to the streets, bursting crackers, sharing sweets and dancing.

Slogans such as "Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal, hai hai" rent the air here.

Organisations like the Students Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) claimed that not passing of the bill in the is a "victory of democracy, of the people of Assam and the northeast region against communal forces".

AGP and former Assam Prafulla Mahanta, Atul Bora, Meghalaya Conrad Sangma, AASU Samujjal Bhattacharya, and top political leaders of the are in to campaign against the bill.

said the people were "saved today from the conspiracy of the BJP to destroy the people in the N-E region".

"This democratic momentum of the people has to continue against the communal forces," he added.

said the party fought against the controversial bill under the guidance of and

Assam and BJP-led North East convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is an ardent supporter of the bill, termed it a "defeat of Assam" and claimed that without its enactment, 17 assembly seats will go to Bangladeshi Muslims.

"We did not have the number in the We will pass the Bill when there is majority ... The BJP is committed to the bill and will remain so for protection of the people of Assam, their language and culture," he said.

"We (BJP) will fight on only this issue in the coming Lok Sabha elections. We are not secretive about it", he asserted.

Rajkumar Sarma, senior BJP in the state, said "BJP supports the constitutional amendment for the security of Assam. The BJP government will return with Narendra Modi as the Then we will present the bill in the Rajya Sabha."

The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 13 amid protests in the northeast against the bill.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 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.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 18:45 IST