At a time when intense protests continue in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which will ensure citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis if passed, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju’s statement on Wednesday while answering a supplementary question in Rajya Sabha pointed to the fact that the Centre has termed the stay of the Hindu Bangladeshis who have come to India till Dec 31, 2014 as legal.
“People from the 6 religiously persecuted communities, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsis, Jain and Christians who have come to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan till Dec 31, 2014 are being treated as regular and not illegal,” said Rijiju.
The Union Minister further added, “If they have proof that they have been rekigiously persecuted and have documents then they will be permitted to settle in India if they don’t fall under that category and don’t have valid documents then the respective state will take necessary action against them.”
Rijiju was answering a supplementary question asked by MP Roopa Ganguly who had raised questions on the fate of religiously persecuted Hindu migrants in Assam at a time when the NRC is being updated in the state.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that proposes citizenship o Hindu Bangladeshis was recently dropped from the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament. A JPC visit to Assam on the issue also faced severe opposition against the Bill.
Meanwhile, stark reactions have developed in Assam after the sensational statement by the BJP MP on the Hindu Bangladeshi issue.
Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders had recently gone to meet the Union Home Minister and other central leaders expressing their strong disagreement over the issue. AGP is the ally of the BJP in the Govt of Assam and the Hindu Bangladeshi issue has emerged as a bone of contention.