AGP demands withdrawal of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a coalition partner of the BJP-led government Assam along with the 11-member Left-Democratic Manch on Monday met Governor Jagdish Mukhi to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
A delegation of the AGP Legislature Party, led by its president Atul Bora, submitted a memorandum, seeking withdrawal of the bill.
The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.
In the memorandum, the AGP sought the withdrawal of the bill “without further delay”
It may be noted that 14 AGP legislators, led by Bora, have left for New Delhi to meet president Ram Nath Kovind and Union home minister Rajnath Singh to oppose the bill.
Bora stated that as per the 1985 Assam Accord, March 24, 1971, has been fixed as the cut-off date for detection and deportation of foreigners illegally staying in Assam.