Published: Sun, December 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Govt rebuffs 5 states, unwilling to implement citizenship law

Govt rebuffs 5 states, unwilling to implement citizenship law

Suspension of internet services across Assam was extended for 48 hours till 16 December to prevent misuse of social media in disturbing peace and to maintain law and order in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Home & Political Department), Sanjay Krishna, said.

Demonstrators in eastern India set fire to more than a dozen buses and vandalised at least six railway stations on Saturday, as violent protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fourth straight day.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Assam's capital, Guwahati, on Thursday, defying a government imposed curfew. It further asked citizens to minimize their stay in Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The overwhelming success in the national elections gave wings to the Narendra Modi government and they successfully abolished Article 370 of India's only Muslim-dominated state of Jammu and Kashmir that gave special status to the restive Himalayan state. "Recalling their "saajhi virasat" (shared heritage) and "saajhi shahadat" (shared tradition of martyrdom), citizens all over the country will hold public events to reject the Citizenship Amendment Act and to demand "saajhi nagrikta" (undivided citizenship)", the organisations said in a statement. People in the northeastern states fear granting of citizenship to immigrants would endanger their status.

125 votes fell in favour of the Bill, while 105 votes were against it.

"This bill is illegal as it is anti-constitutional". Every party needs their votes.

Rajeev Yadav of Rihai Manch, a human rights group, said that the bill is an attack on poor, landless and deprived section of all the communities and casts.

"The Republic of India is founded on the negation of the two-nation theory that viewed citizenship through the prism of religion".

However, Interior Minister Amit Shah said the bill does not discriminate against anyone and does not snatch anyone's rights. Several from the Northeast have claimed that the Citizenship rules puts the indigenous identity of the Northeastern regions at risk by legitimising several migrants, even though the central government has refuted any such claim.

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