Senior citizens and intellectuals of the State have urged the people of Assam to jointly voice against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The Forum said they would also extend their support to other organisations to oppose the move.
Addressing the media in Guwahati on Saturday Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill led by Hiren Gohain said that they would continue to oppose the CAB.
“We will not accept the Bill under any circumstances as it is a threat to the people of the State, their culture, language, and identity. We cannot let this kind of Bill destroy our society,” Gohain said. “The BJP has the majority in the Lok Sabha and now in the Rajya Sabha too. So, it is obvious that the Bill will be amended. This is the time for all of us to unitedly protest against this unconstitutional, unethical and immoral Bill,” he further added.
It may be mentioned here that the CAB was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but lapsed in Rajya Sabha. Now, the bill has been once again listed to introduce in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament. The CAB seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and grant Indian citizenship to people from minority communities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians – from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to escape religious persecution.