Congress in Assam to Move SC if Centre Enacts Citizenship Bill, Says Tarun Gogoi
By News18 03-Dec-2019
- The Congress in Assam would move Supreme Court against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 if it comes into implementation, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Monday.
- Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had indicated that the Bill has already cleared the Lok Sabha and will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha by December 10.
- “The Congress will move Supreme Court because we believe that the Bill is unconstitutional, and against the very spirit of secularism. It is divisive and communal in nature, and violates the very constitutional provision - equality for all. There cannot be division on basis of religion, caste or creed,” said the veteran Congress leader.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been trying to convince people in Assam on accepting the contentious bill saying that the bill will be tabled after consulting the stakeholders. However, protests have intensified across the state with All Assam Students' Union (AASU) taking out a cycle rally on Monday to protest against the Bill that would grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- “This agitation is not politically motivated, but it has taken a serious turn. I am happy to see students taking the lead. We don’t have land, jobs for our own people – and the government is opening doors to refugees from neighbouring countries,” said Tarun Gogoi.
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