Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 | LS approval by Modi Govt unconstitutional: Sanjoy

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Terming approval of controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as moved by BJP-led NDA Govt headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as totally unconstitutional, discriminatory, communal and against ethics and essence of Indian democracy, APCC president Takam Sanjoy said that it is against the Constitution, which is explicitly clear that India is a secular and democratic country.

But the Modi Govt by its last stroke of vote bank politics introduced this Bill to appease voters on the basis of community and religion to spread hatred, communalism and chaos across the country, particularly in North East India, which has been confronting refugee and illegal migration imbroglios, he told media persons in Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Friday.

As Congress party walked out of Lok Sbaha to register its protest against the Bill, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee out rightly condemns the move to negate the Citizenship Act, 2016 and 1985 Assam Accord at a time when the process of finalization of National Register of Citizens (NRC) is on in Assam, he said, adding it would be a historic black mole on the anthropological picture of NE.

Referring to breach of coalition by Assam Gana Parishad from BJP-led Assam Govt on the issue and BJP-led Meghalaya Govt led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma becoming first state to adopt a resolution against the Bill,  he questioned as to why the ruling BJP state Govt headed by CM Pema Khandu has remained a mute spectator? However, the anti-tribal havoc created by Modi Govt is not only rejected ab-initio by the Congress but it would continue to object till it is scrapped, even if passed by the Rajya Sabha.

Anyone living anywhere in India, including Arunachal Pradesh, six years before 2014 would get citizenship as mentioned in the Bill is highly objectionable as this would make this tribal sate, protected by Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, a dumping ground of refugees and illegal migrants making the indigenous population minority, he apprehended and made a fervent appeal to CM Khandu to take a clear stand on the Bill.

When asked about the fate of the Bill, he claimed that it would pass through vote-on-account in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in minority and that clears its fate.

Taking a dig at ruling state Govt, he termed the state a bureaucratic Govt as the CM acts like chief secretary and vice versa. Moreover, the BJP Govt has been “distributing PMGSY, SIDF and SADA schemes and the political bosses are demanding 10% to 15% commission to allot the schemes, particularly recently allotted 268 PMGSY schemes”, he alleged.

He further alleged that the Govt, particularly the CM is granting no objection certificate to Govt servants seeking voluntary retirement discriminatorily on political line and inviting complaints against such officers through allurement. Such actions are shameless as the Govt is in disarray and directionless, said Sanjoy, flanked by senior party leaders. “I feel pity for it,” he added.

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