Northeast students say no to illegal immigrants, oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill

The student's body which consists the representatives from all the indigenous communities in the region has passed a resolution in this regard at its emergency meeting on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

Northeast students say no to illegal immigrants, oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill

Protesting against the central government's attempt to recognise Hindu Bangladeshis as the Indian citizens, the North East Students Organisation (NESO) on Tuesday said that they would oppose the move with tooth and nail.

The student's body which consists the representatives from all the indigenous communities in the region has passed a resolution in this regard at its emergency meeting on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

 "The government of India should know and understand that the Northeast is not a dumping ground of illegal migrants, whoever they may be Hindus or Muslims," NESO Chairman Samuel Jyrwa said.

"The northeastern region will not take the burden of illegal foreigners, who came after 1971, as per the Assam Accord," Jyrwa added.

The Asom Gana Parishad, which is having an inclination with BJP, has also opposed the bill.

The bill which makes the minority communities, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for applying for Indian citizenship. The bill was referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both Houses of Parliament, under the chairmanship of Dr Satyapal Singh.

According to Jyrwa, the student's body is seriously concerned with the suffering of the common people due to the prevailing situation in Manipur in view of the ongoing economic blockade. The NESO members will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to convey their demands.

"The government of India should not shirk its responsibility and NESO demands that it intervene and take the initiative to solve the issue and to bring all the parties involved to the negotiation table so that the issue can be resolved amicably," he stated.