JPC clears Citizenship amendment, triggers protest
The Joint Parliamentary Committee set up to study the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has finalized it's report brushing aside the amendment proposals on Monday in Delhi that runs into a seismic wave of protest across the state from the new year’s day.
Chaired by MP Rajendra Agarwalla, the committee met in the afternoon where defying the stiff protest by the opposition camps, the BJP and it's coalition partners cleared the Bill in its original form that would pave the way for citizenship to the non Muslim immigrants from the neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan who intruded into India till December 31, 2014.
Caught in a barrage of protest, the committee was indecisive for the last one year and conducted hearing in Guwahati where the people of all opposition parties, organizations and individuals opposed it.
But a determined BJP president Amit Shah and prime minister Narendra Modi on December 26 took final consent from chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal who had no option in the light of the resolution adopted at the state executive meeting in Majuli in support of the Bill.
The opposition parties along with hundreds of pressure groups are hitting the streets on Tuesday in protest against the JPC move to table the Bill in Parliament on January 7.
The Asom Gana Parishad, a coalition partner of the BJP led government has been threatening to snap the alliance if JPC tables the report. But the regional parties has yet to decide its course of action. Talking to Assam Times, party leaders said they hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to take a firm decision.
13 Aug 2014 - 3:26pm | AT News
Nagaland has appealed to the people of border areas to exercise restraint to help both the states restore normalcy at an earlier date.
Home Minister Y Patton and Lok Sabha MP from the State Neiphiu Rio said since there is a Supreme Court appointed mediator for amicable settlement of the issue, the people should cooperate in maintaining peaceful atmosphere in the border areas so as to facilitate an acceptable solution for both the States.
The minister assured that the government will do whatever it can within its disposal to resolve the present crisis. //
15 Oct 2015 - 9:49pm | SK Hasan
NGOs in Sivasagar district have come down heavily on ONC’s Assam Asset for improper utilization of the Corporate social responsibility fund. A section of local NGOs moved the higher authority with this complaint seeking their intervention. They blamed a circle senior ONGC officers alleging that they have a slew of hidden interest. They have been favouring a section of unknown organisations and NGOs.
29 Dec 2011 - 2:34am | editor
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday alleged presence of ULFA and Maoist elements in the simmering anti big dam agitation in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.
Talking to reporters in the sidelights of a function in Guwahati, Gogoi said that such a big demonstration in the form of road blockade was not possible for KMSS to organize without the active help and support from Maoists and ULFA.
He said that the government keeps its door open to discuss anything with protestors. But in the same breath he said he wont allow anybody to take law on their own hands. “My position is clear. If one takes law on one’s hand we not remain silent.”