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ABVP slams mass movement against Citizenship Bill
City Correspondent

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - The Assam Pradesh committee of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today slammed those trying to initiate a mass movement in the State against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

 Addressing the media here, the ABVP leadership stated that they will always support the Bill for the interest of the country.

“We strongly believe in nationalism and also support Assamese regionalism. But we have seen that in the past few days, some people are misleading the common people and trying to mobilise support against the Bill with some false information,” said Rakesh Das, state secretary of the ABVP Assam Pradesh committee.

Das said that ABVP will always work to save the people of Assam and the Bill will also save the identity and interests of the indigenous people of the State.

“During independence, this country was divided based on religion. So in India, Hinduism should be the majority. For India, no Hindu is a foreigner,” said Simanta Das, member of the ABVP central working committee.

Criticising former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and intellectual Dr Hiren Gohain, the ABVP leadership stated that during his tenure, Mahanta failed to deport even a single Bangladeshi national, whereas Dr Gohain had opposed the Assam Agitation and they have also remained silent over the encroachment issue at the Kaziranga National Park and sattras of Assam. They had also stated that the Assam Accord may be amended if needed for the interest of the Assamese people.

“Leaders of the movement are saying that if the Bill is passed, 1.90 crore Hindu people from Bangladesh will enter Assam, which will lead to a threat to the language and culture of the State. This information is false. Actually, those people are trying to form an alternative political force in Assam, through which they could enjoy power in future,” the ABVP said in a statement.

The ABVP also stated that today in Assam, Muslim Bangladeshi people have changed the demography of the State and the rate of crime has also increased which has created a threat for the indigenous people.

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