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Centre's Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will make NRC useless: AGP

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Asom Gana Parishad, an ally of the ruling BJP in Assam, today said the ongoing updation process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be of no use if the Centre passes the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

AGP and said The Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015, and the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015, are "back-handed means" of the Centre to grant citizenship to foreigners of "certain religions" staying in the country illegally.

"If the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is passed, the exercise of updating the NRC will be of no use," Bora alleged at a press conference here.

He said, "The central government is trying to grant Indian citizenship to people of certain religions, claiming that they are facing religious persecution in their homelands. The AGP strongly protests any such attempt and we will stop such attempts at any cost."

The AGP, Bora said, has been in talks with other parties like the Shiv Sena, who have presence in the Parliament, over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. "We will foil any attempt to make it into a law."


Bora, who is the state agriculture minister, said an AGP team, led by its working and Water Resources Keshav Mahanta, met the NRC Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum demanding an error-free NRC, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

"We want an error-free NRC in which name of no foreigner is included and name of no genuine citizen is excluded. The is monitoring the process and we are hopeful of such a genuine document," he said.

Asked to comment on chief minister's strong opposition to the NRC complete draft, Bora said, "Politicians like Mamata Banerjee should refrain from trying to create a divide between the people for the sake of "

The government should deal sternly with such people trying to create tension, he added.

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

First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 19:10 IST
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