NESO, AASU condemn Amit Shah’s statement on Citizenship Bill

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Feb 19: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has condemned BJP’s claim to bring the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 back and urged people of the Northeastern region to remain alert to thwart any evil design of the BJP government.

Addressing two rallies in Lakhimpur and Guwahati, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said that if the BJP comes back to power again, would reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“CAB will be brought about by PM Modi once again and we are committed to take it again. We will root out ‘ghuspethis’ from Assam,” Shah had said.

Condemning Shah’s statement, the NESO in statement termed it as “an insult to the people’s movement of the whole of North East against this CAB.

“His (Shah) statement is a clear reflection of the mindset which indicates that they don’t have any regard for the sentiments, emotions and welfare of the indigenous peoples of the North East,” the NESO said adding “It is rather the design of the BJP to reduce the microscopic indigenous communities to a minority by flooding the region with illegal Bangladeshis to achieve their Hindutva objective”.

Reiterating their stand against CAB, NESO said “We do not differentiate them on the basis of their religion, an illegal Bangladeshi is an illegal Bangladeshi irrespective whether a Hindu or Muslim.”

“The NESO would like to send a clear message to this fellow and his ilk that we will never accept this draconian Bill and also call upon all the indigenous people of the North East to stand united to thwart such evil designs for the survival of our race, identity, culture, language and our future generations,” read the statement.

The All Assam Student Union also condemned the statement of the BJP chief on CAB saying the evil design of the BJP government will be thwarted by the people of Assam.

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