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RS chairman urged not to allow placing of citizenship bill

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

An organisation of eminent citizens of Wednesday urged the not to allow placing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

The Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, and

It has to be passed in the to become an Act.

"We appeal to you as the constitutional guide of the rules and conventions of the that the ruling party should be stopped from placing the bill for amending the Citizenship Act, 1955," Dr and Convenor Manjit Mahanta of the Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill said in a letter to the

The Forum is a platform comprising eminent litterateurs, academicians and journalists.

Later addressing a press conference, Gohain, an eminent litterateur, said there is no other way left, but to carry a prolonged battle against the government's move.

The Forum will also the if the Bill becomes an Act, Gohain said.

Another organisation, the - Forum Against Infiltration, Wednesday claimed that it would be difficult for the Bill, after it becomes an Act, to stand judicial scrutiny.

"The bill has created the ground for seeking revision of the cut off date for grant of citizenship to migrants from from 25th March 1971 at present in respect of to 19th July 1948 as prevalent in other states of India," the Manch said in a statement.

This nullifies provisions of the Accord, it claimed.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:00 IST