PM Modi Issued Statement Regarding CAB to Assam
Assamese people have nothing to worry about after passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi early this morning, amid outrageous protests in the Northeastern states over the proposed law passed in the Parliament on November 11.
PM Modi wrote: “No one can take away your rights.”
On Wednesday, this controversial bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, after being cleared in the Rajya Sabha with 125 votes for it and 99 votes against it.
The Indian Prime Minister further tweets, “The Central Government and I totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural, and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6.”
“Clause 6” of the Assam Accord assured safeguarding the rights of locals, their culture and languages as well.
Home Minister Amit Shah has tabled the controversial bill in both the houses on Monday, claimed that the bill was only issued for the minority communities in neighboring nations and nothing to do with Indian Muslims.
While introducing the 2019 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Shah was quoted saying that “I want to assure all the original residents of Assam through this House that the NDA Government will attend to all their concerns. This Committee constituted under Clause 6 will address the concerns.”
Over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Assam, and its neighboring state Tripura has been immersed in massive protests, which enables non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to become the citizens of India. The Northeastern States are tensed that such a controversial law will lead to a flood of migrants from neighboring countries and hamper the demographics of the region.
The aggressive protestors clashed with Assam and Tripura Police, which involved them into massive disorders unseen since the violent six-years movement by students, and concluded with the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985.
On Thursday, the army has patrolled the streets of Assam, informed Indian Army PRO Lt. Col P Khongsai. The CRPF troops have also been posted in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and Jorhat districts, said the officials. Despite this fact, people refused the curfew and came out to protests in large numbers in Guwahati. All train and flight services have also been restricted in the state.
The protests have seen broad participation from students, who boycotted classes in colleges and universities. Dibrugarh and Guwahati Universities have also postponed all examinations scheduled till December 14.