Guwahati/ 18th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
16 ethnic tribal organizations have opposed the hearing of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment Bill), 2016 and have warned the government that if the move if the bill is not withdrawn, the ethnic organizations will be staging a statewide vigorous agitation to oppose the Bill.
The Bill hearing by JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) was resumed again on Tuesday in New Delhi, where majority of the organizations opposed the Bill. Following this, the JPC has decided to visit Assam from May 7 to May 11 and it will also tour Meghalaya and Tripura.
On the other hand, the Sattra Mahasabha hasn’t yet expressed their views on the bill. Their main concern though is the need to safeguard the sattras. The Mahasabha in a memorandum stated that a fund of Rs 400 crore which was promised by the Vajpayee Government is still pending, and only Rs 100 crore from the promised amount has been released till date.
The ethnic organizations and the tribal groups blame the present ruling BJP-NDA, as their conspiracy to harm all the ethnic communities in the region.
“Assam is not a dumping ground for illegal immigrants and under no circumstances the Hindu-Bengalis will be accepted in our state”, said All Assam Students’ Union Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya.