Govt uniting Bengali organisations for passage of Citizenship Bill: Khilonjia Mancha

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Oct 21: Assam government is trying to unite the Bengali organisations for passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 for granting Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis in the state. This was alleged by Khilonjia Mancha, Assam here on Sunday.

Representatives of 21 indigenous organisations assembled here on Sunday to register their protest against the “Moitree Sonmilon” organised by the organisation Citizens’ Rights Protection Forum, Assam (CRPFA), a platform of 27 Bengali organisations, in Guwahati on November 17 and said that they would not allow them to hold such a convention in the city.

The organisation demanded the government not to grant permission to the Bengali organisations for holding the rally in Guwahati. The organisation will submit a memorandum to the government in this connection on Monday.

The Khilonjia Mancha, Assam has also extended its full support to the 12-hour Assam bandh call given by 46 organisations of the state on October 23 in protest against the meeting of joint parliamentary committee (JPC) with officials of ministry of home affairs (MHA) and ministry of external affairs (MEA) in New Delhi on the same day.

Notably, 46 indigenous organisations of the state have raised their voices in unison against the move to hold the rally and set a deadline of November 1 for Dispur to ban it.

The organizations have also warned Dispur and the CRPFA that they (local bodies) are ready to go up to all possible extents to get the November 17 rally and repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

JPC betrayed us: Akhil

Meanwhile, the Krishak Mukti Sangram samity (KMSS) chief adviser Akhil Gogoi on Sunday said the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) has betrayed the people of Assam by not keeping its promise made before the indigenous organisations during its first visit to the state in May this year.

Addressing a press conference here, Gogoi said the JPC had assured that it would again visit the state before taking the final call on the Bill. However, the JPC has decided to hold meeting with MHA and MEA on October 23 on the Bill, he said.

The farmers’ leader also said it was not 26 Bengali organisations which are holding rally in Guwahati, but it was the work of a section of BJP-RSS leaders to hold such a rally here to create Gujarat like situation in the state.

“They are following the Gujarat model to fuel a communal violence in Assam”, Gogoi said and urged the Bengali people living in the state not to be influenced by these organisations.


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