TDN World Desk: Citizenship Amendment Bill has become a sensitive issue in northeast states like Aassam, Manipur, Mijoram. Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed his dissents over implementation of Citizenship Amendment Bill. As reason he cited that if illegal immigrants are given citizenship based on religion then their population will spread across many states and there will be settlement issue.
“We oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill because if illegal immigrants are given citizenship based on religion, the population will spread across many states. Which state will give them land?” said Nabam Tuki after attending a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Today Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds a meeting over Citizenship Amendment Bill with members of political parties and civil society organisations from northeastern states.
12MPs from northeastern states on Friday wrote prime Minister urging him not to implement citizenship bill as it may affect the idigenous and tribal residents in the region and render them to displacement.
The Union Home Minister met leaders on Friday and Saturday is third meeting is slated for December 3.
Earlier this November, during the winter session discussion in rajya sabha Home Minister Amit Shah had said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is needed so that Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Christian and Parsi refugees, who are being discriminated on the basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, obtain Indian citizenship.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8 this year, aims at granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014. (ANI)