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JPC on Citizenship Amendment Bill to meet on October 23

GUWAHATI: Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will meet officials of home and external affairs in New Delhi on October 23 to discuss the bill.

A JPC member who does not want to be named told ET, “We will hear from officials of Home and External affairs their opinion on the bill.”

There is stout opposition to the bill in Northeast India. Some organisations are supporting the bill in Bengali speaking dominated Barak valley in Assam.

The committee earlier heard views of the chief secretaries of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

The two day state executive meeting of BJP in Assam which concluded on Thursday adopted a resolution to consider the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Assam Accord implementation and identity crisis of indigenous people of the State on the same line.

The resolution said all the four issues are interlinked.

BJP stated the bill is initiated as large number of Hindus due to partition is facing citizenship crisis.
BJP in Assam is attacking the final draft NRC published on July 30, where around 40 lakh people could not make it.

BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass had stated “Those left out mostly belonged to Gorkhas, Hindi-speaking, Bengali and indigenous communities. Ensuring every genuine Indian citizens’ names are included in the final NRC was one of the resolutions passed by the national executive meeting held recently in New Delhi”.

Apex body of students’ bodies in Northeast India, North East Students Organisation (NESO) demanded that Indo-Nepal Treaty should not be made applicable in the Northeast.

Recently, the Home ministry has issued a statement stating that Gorkhas in Assam are not foreign nationals.

NESO leaders on Wednesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and submitted an eight-point charter of demands, demanding implementation of NRC for all Northeastern states besides opposing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Source: Economic Times