Cong majority in Rajya Sabha foils placing and passage of Citizenship Bill: Saikia

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Jan 10:  Senior leaders of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha have assured a delegation of Congress leaders from Assam that the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 would be foiled in the upper House.

The Congress and other opposition parties have the majority in the House of Elders. In a statement on Thursday, opposition leader in Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia,  said that at the initiative of  All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Harish Rawat, a delegation comprising the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC president) Ripun Bora, Saikia himself, MPs from Assam including  Gaurav Gogoi, officer-bearers of the APCC and former ministers and MLAs of the Congress party met AICC treasurer Ahmed Patel, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad and chief whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha, Bhubaneswar Kalita in New Delhi on Wednesday and requested them to prevent passage of the anti-Assam Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as the Congress and other Opposition parties had the upper hand in the House of Elders.

“The senior leaders of the party were already indignant about the discriminatory Bill and assured us that the BJP’s nefarious design of converting the legislation into law in the ongoing session would be definitely foiled. The fact that the Modi government could not muster the courage to place the Bill in the Rajya Sabha today was primarily because of effective floor management with other Opposition parties by the INC. We are grateful to the top leadership of our party for thus protecting the interests of Assam,” Saikia said.

He further said that at the same time, leaders of some organizations of Assam are trying to fulfil their vested interests by denying due credit to the INC by summarily dismissing  the effective role played by our party in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

“This is totally unacceptable because had it not been for the strong and effective strategy adopted by the INC, the Bill would surely have been introduced in the Rajya Sabha, if not actually passed,” Saikia said.

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