Shillong, Nov 18: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) an umbrella organisation of eight student bodies of the North Eastern region and other civil society groups on Monday staged a protest against the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be tabled in the winter session of parliament that commences on Monday and is scheduled to continue until December 13.
The CAB was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 this year but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha and lapsed.
The Bill seeks to amend The Citizenship Act, 1955, and aimed at granting Indian citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The student body also submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, reiterating its strong opposition to the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1955 during the winter session of Parliament which began on Monday.
“We oppose the objective of the Bill and it should not be adopted by Parliament under any circumstances. Such an undesirable step by Parliament will once again agitate the entire North East region. We all have a responsibility to avoid such a potentiality,” the NESO letter said.
Addressing the rally in Shillong, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa cautioned the central government that such an undesirable step by Parliament will once again agitate the entire North East region.
“We would like to highlight that the entire North East region is infested with foreigners from the erstwhile East Pakistan and now, Bangladesh. They have infiltrated into and polluted every aspect of our social life,” Jyrwa said.
Meanwhile, he also said that NESO fully supported signing of the Assam Accord by the All Assam Students’ Union setting March 25, 1971, as the cut-off year for detection and deportation of the foreigners from Assam.
“We oppose the objective of the Bill and it should not be adopted by Parliament,” he added.