GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, after it becomes an Act, can be challenged before the court. Moreover, the Bill has created the ground for seeking revision of the cut-off date for grant of citizenship to migrants from Bangladesh from March 25, 1971 to July 19, 1948, which is prevalent in other states of India.
This was the observation made by convenor of the Prabrajan Virodhi Manch Upamanyu Hazarika.
Hazarika maintained that the Bill has nullified Clause 5.8 of the Assam Accord, which is connected with the identification and expulsion of the illegal migrants from Assam after March 25, 1971. This clause has reflected the acceptance of the additional illegal migrants who entered Assam during the 23 years till March 25, 1971 and granting them citizenship in Assam and identification and expulsion of those who entered Assam after that deadline.
But, under the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, even foreign nationals of specified category coming after March 25, 1971 would be granted citizenship.
Under this situation, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), whose leaders signed the Assam Accord on behalf of the people of the State, should write to the Union and State governments that the cut-off date of March 25, 1971 is no longer valid in Assam and the situation prevailing prior to the signing of the Assam Accord in respect of identification and expulsion of the foreign nationals should be restored for the State, said Hazarika.