Citizenship Invoice: Protest Gaining Momentum

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Protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Invoice rocked the Northeastern states again after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) move to bring back the Invoice in the parliament’s next session. The adamant and flippant BJP failed to execute the Invoice in its preceding term.

Protestors marched through the Roads of Kohima in Nagaland, Itanagar in
Arunachal Pradesh and Imphal in Manipur on October 3rd, 2019, against
the Invoice. Protests erupted two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said
the legislation would be introduced in the new session of the Parliament. It needs
to be mentioned that the Meghalaya used to be the first state to vehemently oppose the
Invoice followed by Manipur and Nagaland.

Meantime, the All Assam Students’ Union and other supporting ethnic organizations in Assam have reiterated their demand to withdraw the Invoice immediately for the interest of the greater Assamese community. Then again, the Assam Congress also criticized the saffron party’s move to bring back the Invoice which would jeopardize the existential identity of the ethnic communities.

Shah, in a public awakening programme in Kolkata on October 1st, 2019, reiterated the BJP’s stern decision to execute the Invoice. Addressing the North East Democratic Alliance conference in Guwahati on September 10th, 2019, Shah, while giving a green sign to cause the Invoice, assured the Northeastern states that not a unmarried intruder will be allowed in Assam.

All of the Northeast region used to be on the boil after the BJP took a move to execute the Invoice in 2018. The saffron party had faced the wrath of the indigenous people. Bowing to the public pressure, a joint parliamentary committee held a public hearing in Guwahati on May 8th, 2019, where the Invoice faced massive protest. On the other hand, the Invoice received enormous enhance in the Bengali dominated Barak valley.

The Invoice seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians and Jains, who have grow to be devout persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and have entered on or before December 31st, 2014.

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