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Opposition leader seeks special Assembly session

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Opposition in the Assembly today urged to advise the to summon a special session of the House following protests in the state against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

A special session should be summoned to pass a pending resolution to uphold the provisions of the Accord of 1985, the MLA said in a release.

The situation prevailing in the state over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has made it imperative for the House to pass without delay a pending private member's resolution in question, which was moved by member Abdul Khaleque, said.

pointed out that the had said that he would quit if pushed, but failed to assert that he would stand up and fight for protecting the interests of

had made the remark while interacting with the editors of print and here last evening on the prevailing situation in the state following the recent visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

"The needs to take the initiative in this matter because he is the of the House and dates for Assembly sessions and list of business are fixed as per his advice to the Governor and the Speaker, he added.

The 16-member JPC headed by had visited the state from May 7 to May 9 to elicit views from stakeholders on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

A key amendment in the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from six minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in

Protests were staged against the Bill in front of the venue where the JPC hearing was held here as people feared that it would breach the clauses of the Assam Accord.

The Accord states that all illegal foreigners from who had settled in Assam after March 25, 1971 would have to be deported irrespective of religion.

However, in the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, a majority of the 315 opinions submitted to the JPC were in favour of the Bill while protests have been taking place on a daily basis in the against the Bill.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:20 IST