Guwahati: Opposing the Centre’s decision to table the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB during the ongoing winter session of Parliament, protest erupted across the northeastern states.
As per reports, the bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and fast track the process under which non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan can get Indian citizenship. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in January of this year but was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. It lapsed after the term of the last Lok Sabha ended in May.
Assam minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said “the CAB in its new form will ensure that the unique ethnic and cultural identities of indigenous people of northeast are not endangered.”