|‘Citizenship Bill tramples on sacrifice of martyrs’|
MIRZA, May 16 - Chhaygaon MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed has vehemently opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 saying that the Bill will trigger an existential crisis for the indigenous populace of Assam.
Addressing a public meeting held at Kolohipar (Chhayagon) under the presidentship of Ajmol Hoq, Ahmed said that the Bill brought out by BJP-led Union government has violated the Assam Accord signed between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and AASU and poses a threat to the identity of the indigenous citizens of the State. The Bill has trampled on the sacrifice of the 800 martyrs of Assam during the Assam Agitation.
“All foreigners entering Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971, should be identified as foreigners and should be deported as per Assam Accord,” he said, adding that awarding citizenship to the Bengali Hindus and other foreigners, who have come to India after the midnight of March 24, 1971, will adversely affect the culture, language and traditions of Assam.
“Assam is treated as the dumping ground for foreigners which would not be allowed,” he said.
The Chhaygaon MLA has also lashed out at the AASU-turned AGP ministers and other leadership, saying that they have forgotten their promises made before the people during Assam Agitation.
“The AGP ministers and other leaders have been saying that they would withdraw their support if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was passed in the Parliament, which has meant that they would withdraw their support from the BJP-led Assam government after the destruction of the Assamese community by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” he said.