Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now


You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
11,937.5016.0
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is an expiation committed at the time of partition of the country: Narendra Modi

Modi sounded the poll bugle for 2019 Lok Sabha polls for Saffron party in a rally in Silchar in Bengali dominated Barak valley.

, ET Bureau|
Jan 04, 2019, 07.24 PM IST
0Comments
BCCL
Narendra Modi
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight key development projects and laid the foundation stones for four schemes in Manipur.
GUWAHATI: Amidst series of protest in Assam, Prime minister, Narendra Modi on Friday said that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is an expiation committed at the time of partition of the country. He announced that he is hopeful that the bill will be soon placed in the parliament.

Modi sounded the poll bugle for 2019 Lok Sabha polls for Saffron party in a rally in Silchar in Bengali dominated Barak valley.

Modi said, “ If the children of Ma Bharati’s (India’s) are in trouble it is the duty of Ma Bharati to give them refugee. If the children of Ma Bharati are persecuted, should not we give shelter? It is a matter of emotion for us. Should we see the colour of passport of those coming, does colour of blood does not matter to us?”

He questioned, “Don’t those separate by partition have relation with Ma Bharati. There were some mistakes committed at the time of partition and this bill is nothing but a prayaschitta for those mistakes. This bill is not a favour.”

The bill is stoutly opposed in Assam by several organisations and political parties. Those opposing the bill claim that bill which is aimed at making minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for applying for Indian citizenship will dilute Assam’s identity and is against the Assam accord of 1985.

Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Citizenship Amendment Bill has adopted the draft report. The bill is likely to be placed on parliament on January 7. The bill is however supported by several organisations in Barak valley.

According to Assam accord the date of detection and deportation of foreigners in Assam is March 24, 1971.

Modi assured that no genuine Indian citizen will be left out National of Register of Citizens (NRC). “I know people had to endure trouble, anxiety and hardship. For several decades it was hanging and because of you NRC excercise saw the light of the day.”

He added,” We have moved Supreme Court petitioning that relief eligibility certificate, camp inmate certificate and other government documents must be accepted as proof of citizenship. Court accepted that simplified lives of lakhs of people were made easy.”

Modi said that divisive forces were out to foment trouble however their attempts were foiled. “They are out to compromise on sovereignty and security of the country just for the sake for vote bank and appeasement policy.”

What is seen a counter balance to the bill, Centre has announced constitution of a high-powered committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Modi said, “Clause 6 of Assam accord which was hanging for last 30 to 35 years will be implemented. The committee will have different stakeholders and will protect the pride of Assam.”

Clause 6 of Assam Accord provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight key development projects and laid the foundation stones for four schemes in Manipur.

Umbrella organisation of various outlawed militant outfits, CarCom has called for shut down in Manipur on Friday boycotting Modi’s visit.

Modi in Imphal said that projects worth Rs 1500 Crore are dedicated or foundation stone of these projects was laid on Friday.

He said that those who made corruption their character will be brought to law. “Northeast India is gateway to India’s freedom.”

Modi said, “Delhi is now closer to Northeast India. I have visited Northeast India for 30 times in my tenure as Prime minister. I do not get report from bureaucrats and directly get feedback from the people here.” The prime minister said that separatist tendency is turning into cordial relationship. Bandh and blockade has become thing of the past.

Also Read

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss future of RCEP

PM Narendra Modi invites investment in startups

Attempts being made to demonise technology: Narendra Modi

Communications key to socio-economic activity: Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi crosses 30 million followers on Instagram

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service