People and various organisations of Assam have been continuously opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill since it was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. But at this crucial time of the State, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has forgotten the historic Assam Accord as we as his promises of protecting Jati-Mati-Bheti and is seen advocating the Bill.
He has not only extended his support the much-debated bill, but also falsely claimed historical facts to promote the Bill. While taking part in a programme, CM Sonowal said that since 1947, India has the provision of granting citizenship to Hindu immigrants from other countries.
When various indigenous organisations in the State have been protesting against the Bill, CM Sonowal asked the people Assam to follow reason and not emotion regarding the Bill. He also said that the Bill will not be any burden for Assam.
The Chief Minister even asked the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to support the Bill.
Notably, Sarbananda Sonowal, when he was associated with AASU, had said, “No illegal migrants will be allowed to stay in Assam, who have come to the State after March 25, 1971.” But now his party’s government in the Centre is ready to grant citizenship to all the non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who have come to the country till 2014.
Sarbananda Sonowal, who was once vocal against the illegal immigrants in the State, is now planning to save Assam and Assamese culture by granting citizenship to immigrants from other countries.