NESO protests Citizenship Bill, NIFJ seeks abortion

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"We have already taken the burden of many illegal citizens in the region and no more we want that". We appeal to people to keep faith in the government...

Sonowal said, "There are 33 districts in the state".

With the credibility of the title of "jatiya nayak" fast eroding amid his government's continued silence on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said he would have no moral authority to hold on to power if he could not protect the interests of the people.

The 16-member JPC was formed in August 2016 under the headship of BJP MP Satyapal Singh to hear views of various stakeholders after severe opposition in Assam following the tabling of the Bill in Lok Sabha in July 2016.

A key amendment in the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from minority communities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India.

Meanwhile, Assam police on Thursday interrogated senior Congress leader and former minister Ardhendu Dey at Hojai on charges of his alleged attempt to incite communal tension while advocating citizenship for Hindu Bengali who came from Bangladesh because of religious persecution.

"In the first phase of the protest, we will create mass awareness through eminent personalities of the state", Dinesh Baishya, an academician and convener of the samiti, said.

Notably, NRC adopted 1971 as base year for identification of illegal migrants.

Mr Sonowal said there are allegations against him that he was not allowing the parliamentary committee to visit Assam.

"North East is not the dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis and the Bill is a threat to the identify of our indigenous people", he said while making it clear that the region can not take the load of Bangladeshis beyond 1971 be it Hindu or Muslim Bangladeshis.

The opposers of the Bill are apprehensive that the granting of Indian citizenship to the Hindus of Bangladesh to live in Assam would negatively impact the demographic pattern of the state and make the indigenous people minorities in their own state, besides threatening Assamese language and culture.

Earlier in the day, the members of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People and pro-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-P) staged a peaceful rally in the city to protest against the proposed Bill.

Peter said that the Bill is a conspiracy to wipe out the indigenous peoples of the whole North East region who belong to the Mongoloid stock.

On May 8, the Meghalaya cabinet had opposed the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. "The JPC has not taken any decision as the hearings are not yet over".