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Modi cabinet clears redrafted citizenship amendment bill

Modi cabinet clears redrafted citizenship amendment bill

The AASU declined to be part of the committee until the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is scrapped.

The Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Around 250 supporters of INPT and TSF gathered at Jirania in West Tripura, block roads to protest Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 today morning.

BJP's alliance partner in Assam, the Asom Gana Parishad or Assam People's Party, quit the coalition government on Tuesday in protest against the new bill. The AGP, breaking from the NDA after two years of an unstable relationship, has urged other allies to follow suit. The opposition Congress and the All Indian United Democratic Frontg have 25 and 13 members respectively.

".we have been clear to the NDA government that this [the bill] is something we will not support. After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance", Bora said in New Delhi after meeting the home minister.

"We tried our best but could do nothing. We will see when the time comes but as of now we have made our stand clear we are not supporting this amendment bill", Sangma told journalists on Monday evening.

That could hurt the BJP's goal of sharply increasing its parliamentary seats from the northeast region of the country in the national election. So, we kept our word. Assam's people will never allow this bill to be implemented. "We want all illegal migrants to be detected and deported, irrespective of their religion", Bhattacharya said.

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IPFT had raised a case for a revision of the citizens' register to safeguard the state's demography, despite Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb's assertion that there is no need for it. Reports of a rift in the alliance surfaced hereafter, with the IPFT reportedly going back to its secessionist demand for a separate state (Twiparaland) for the state tribals. They will shortly resign from their ministerial posts.

"We did not organise any movement on Tuesday as part of the opposition to the Citizenship Bill", said Debbarma, also the IPFT's chief spokesman.

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government is planning to push the Citizenship Bill, protests broke out across Assam on Saturday, with effigies of PM Modi being burnt at several places.

"Our alliance with the BJP is a pre-poll alliance, so the BJP should have the morality to face the verdict of the people", Mr Mahanta said.

Interestingly, while all these was happening outside the office of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner, members of North East Linguistic and Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) hailed the developments and termed this to be a historic move to solve a perrinial problem faced by the people of Assam. "But the situation is so grave that we have been left with no other alternative".

The "north-east bandh" called by the NESO is being enforced by its member organisations such as the Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), the Khasi Students' Union (KSU), the Garo Students' Union (GSU), the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), the All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU) and the Twipra Students' Federation (TSF). "It's a conspiracy of the BJP against the indigenous people of Assam and the region", said Bhattacharya.

Private and government vehicles plying on the national highways were being escorted by the police in convoys, they added.