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Maintain legitimacy of Assam Accord: Cong
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Nov 1 - The Congress party underlying the need to maintain the legitimacy of the Assam Accord expressed concern over reports of bids to change the cut-off date.

Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi on Tuesday met chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Satyapal Singh here this morning.

Gogoi said the meeting was necessary given the postponement of the chairman’s tour to Assam. Gogoi said he explained his reservations on the Bill. The singular most important reservation was preserving the legitimacy of the Assam Accord.

The Congress MP made a new point when he shared that the Ministry of External Affairs has made special lenient concessions for persecuted religious minority communities from Bangladesh and Pakistan to be included in government BE and B Pharm courses. If this policy was replicated in Assam, it could lead to increased competition for seats in the State Government colleges.

The Lok Sabha MP expressed his concern if in the future the cut-off year is modified to being open for an indefinite period. The impact of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on the results of the ongoing Supreme Court monitored NRC was also discussed during the meeting, he said.

Satyapal Singh patiently heard Gogoi and asked questions related to the NRC. He acknowledged the Congress MP’s request that the Bill should be studied on its legal and constitutional merits.

The Kaliabor MP also reiterated his demand for establishing uniform consensus in society over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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