The BJP says it is in favor of institutionalizing "constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards" to the ethnic Assamese, but also wants to give citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh as the growth in the Hindu population of Assam had been overtaken by that of Muslims. The state has been witnessing protests since the NDA government said it was going ahead with the controversial bill.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to remove hurdles in eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan getting Indian citizenship despite opposition by various political parties including Congress and Trinamool Congress.
In Tuesday's protests in Assam, the militant North East Students' Organization (NESO) vandalised offices of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and set banners and posters on fire.
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Former chief minster of Assam, Prafulla Mahanta said that the party was walking out of the government over the contentious issue.
The BJP has 61 members and the party has support from 12 MLAs of the Bodoland People's Front and the sole Independent member. The Union cabinet earlier in the day cleared the redrafted Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said. It would grant rights to Hindus, Jains, Parsi and several other non-Muslim religious groups who migrated illegally from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Bora and the AGP leadership had promised that they would exit the alliance if the BJP advanced with the bill.
Protesters burned copies of the legislation in angry marches across Assam state, where millions have settled in recent decades after fleeing neighbouring Muslim-majority nations.More news: China to cut banks' reserve requirement ratios, taxes
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The bill, he said, was against the Assam Accord of 1985 and created to marginalize the indigenous people of the Northeast. "I have been hearing since my childhood that Bangladeshis will be weeded out of Assam and it saddens me that the people who were a part of the agitation against illegal foreigners are now part of the government and pushing for the passage of the Bill", the singer wrote in the letter.
"We, therefore, can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government".
It is also part of the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
Indigenous people from the state of Assam feel that immigrants who are already eating into their limited resources and rights will benefit further once they are legitimized by citizenship.
Ruling BJP's ally IPFT's Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma told IANS that they have extended moral support to the NESO's shutdown in the northeastern region comprising seven states, excluding Sikkim.
Roy said there was no effort to evolve a consensus in the Joint Committee of Parliament that examined the Bill.
Members of Asom Yuba Chatra Parishad staged a nude protest against the Bill at Tinsukia in Upper Assam, and in Delhi, too, some of the demonstrators stripped naked outside Parliament.
However, state BJP president Ranjit Dass, specifically warning the Congress and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti which were allegedly behind the acts of violence on his party's offices, said, "Do not provoke us".