The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced in India’s lower house of parliament in July, 2016, by the BJP government
Addressing a rally at Assam’s Khanapara in Guwahati on Tuesday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for using the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update for political purposes.
Rahul also criticized BJP for bringing out the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“The Modi government is using the NRC for political purposes. One can see the NRC is being implemented shoddily. Besides, NRC officials are being used for campaigning purposes. Thousands of Indian families have been excluded from the NRC. But if the Congress is voted to power, we will ensure that no genuine Indian is left out of the NRC,” the president of India’s grand old political party said.
“By promising to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants through the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the BJP substantiates its intention not to execute the NRC and Assam Accord. Instead, it is busy solidifying its own vote-bank politics in Northeast India,” Rahul said.
“The main reason why Northeast India is in ferment today is owing to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which is anti-Northeast. The Congress stopped it in the Rajya Sabha. We stood by you when you needed us,” Rahul added.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced in India’s lower house of parliament in July, 2016, by the BJP government. The bill aims to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who left Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to escape religious persecution.
It was passed in the lower house on January 8 after being re-introduced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, the bill did notpass in the upper house.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill sparked a flurry of protests across the length and breadth of Northeast India.