At a time, when the Congress party is opposing the idea of Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s decision on re-introducing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in parliament, former Congress MP from Silchar and senior party leader Sushmita Dev said that CAB should be passed keeping in mind the sanctity of the Constitution.
Favouring the CAB she said that former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, during his tenure, had written to Manmohan Singh about providing citizenship to persecuted Hindus coming from Bangladesh.
It may be mentioned here that Dev’s remarks came at a time when a delegation of senior leaders of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) visited Silchar to gather opinions on CAB, NRC, and other issues. The AICC team led by senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh left for Delhi and will submit their reports to party president Sonia Gandhi.
CAB was passed by the previous Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 but it lapsed in the Rajya Sabha.