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Congress didn't support BJP on Citizenship Bill: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Speaking at election rallies in Ratabari on Tuesday Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Let congress now say that it will support the Citizenship amendment bill”.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 15, 2019, 10.26 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: Assam finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Congress is now shedding tears for people who are left out of National Register of Citizens (NRC) however they did not support when BJP led government brought the Citizenship Amendment bill in parliament.

Speaking at election rallies in Ratabari on Tuesday he said, “Let Congress now say that it will support the Citizenship amendment bill”.

Ratabari in Barak valley of Assam will go to by election on October 21 and in past several organisations in the valley have supported introduction of the Citizenship bill.

Sarma said, “ Congress is now crying for those poor people left out of NRC however when the Citizenship bill was tabled in parliament it did not support the bill, now let congress state that it will support the bill in parliament.”

BJP has announced that that new Citizenship Amendment bill is being drafted and will be introduced after consultation with stakeholders in November.

The Bill is aimed at making minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible to apply for Indian citizenship.

The bill was passed by Lok Sabha on January 8 however due to bitter protest from several organisations in Northeast India and some NDA allies the bill was not tabled in Rajya Sabha.

Attacking congress he said, “During last 15 years of congress rule in Assam (2001-2016) Muslims were killed. Fear was created among them for the sake of vote. There were riots in Kokrajhar, Udalguri and Mangaldoi. Congress plays the game to divide Hindus and incite division among the Bodos and Muslim.”

Calming that not a single Muslim person is killed during the BJP’s rule in Assam, he said, “ We seek vote on the basis of work done, we seek votes for the providing gas connection, house, Atal Amrit Abhiyian, free CT scan in the hospital and free admission in educational institutions while congress seeks votes by creating fear. After communal clashes they say people we will save you.”

Alleging that Congress is dividing Hindus, he said, “Congress is racking up the issue of local and non-local, when Prime minister Narendra Modi who hails from Gujarat can contest and win from Varanasi where is the question of local and non-local. Congress is racking up the issue of Hindu Bengali, Hindi Bhasi and Assamese candidate.”

Sarma added, “Is there different Ram or Hanuman Chalisha for different Hindus. Atleast four out of the nine elected BJP MPs from Assam are Hindi Bhasi (speaking). It was during the Congress regime that Hindi speaking people were attacked in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh. Rift was fomented between Assamese and Hindi speaking people.”

He said, “Hindi speaking people had to leave the state during the congress regime. Now see is there any attack on the Hindi speaking people after BJP came to power in Assam. Congress wants to make Lok Sabha MP, Badruddin Ajmal who is also the chief of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Chief Minister of the Assam. Till the last drop of our blood, we will not allow Ajmal to be chief minister.”

He said that position of Congress is like demonetized Rs 500 notes. The party has no takers.

The four assembly seats that will go to by-election are Sonari, Rangapara, Ratabari and Jania on October 21. Except Jania which was under Congress’s hold, three constituencies were won by BJP in 2016 assembly polls.

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