India's lower house passes citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

India's lower house passes citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

India's lower house passes citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

However, state Congress president Ripun Bora accused the AGP of carrying on with the alliance for the "sake of power" and noted that the damage to the state had already been done.

A jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force was also injured following an attack by agitators, who also burnt down at least 22 shops in the area.

His comments come a day after BJP's ally in Assam-the Asom Gana Parishad-snapped ties with the saffron party over the Citizenship Bill.

A team of forensic experts on Monday visited the BJP headquarters to collect samples and took possession of the CCTV footage capturing the incident.

NESO advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that the Centre and the BJP had forced them to call the bandh.

Assam Police personnel remove black flags from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists protesting with 69 other indigenous organisations of Assam during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

The activists shouted slogans like "Modi government down down" and asked Bangladeshis to go back to their country.

The NDA government introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha on 19 July 2016 - the aim was to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

But there is significant opposition to the proposal, in particular from the northeastern state of Assam, where residents have for years complained that immigrants from Bangladesh have put a big strain on resources.


However, in Tripura where the saffron brigade had wrested power just a year ago, it had no impact as well as the Barak Valley of Assam which has been supporting the contentious citizenship bill since its inception.

Several opposition members, including those of the Trinamool Congress, Congress and Left parties, said the Bill was potentially divisive, and would push demographically sensitive Assam and West Bengal.

The Sarbhog seat is held by Bharatiya Janata Party State President Ranjit Dass. "After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance", Bora said in New Delhi after meeting the home minister.

"We, therefore, can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government".

Zubeen also writes in his letter that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Joint Parliamentary Committee and Sonowal have all "fooled the people of Assam." he further urged the government to rethink the bill.

Responding to a discussion over the Bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh clarified that the Bill was not confined to Assam but would apply to all states and Union Territories. CPI (M) member also opposed the bill.

"We have extended support to the ongoing bandh today, so made a decision to postpone the formalities to resign for tomorrow", Bora said.

In its 440-page report, the panel headed by BJP MP Rajendra Agrawal said, "Display of such supportive and humanitarian approach on the part of the government towards the minorities who fled the three countries, including Bangladesh, due to religious persecution is quite appreciable".

The BJP has 61 MLAs and support from 12 MLAs of the Bodoland People's Front and the sole Independent member. "We were the first state government and cabinet to come out with an official resolution that we are against the bill", Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told journalists on Monday night.

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