Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Congress in Assam to Move SC if Centre Enacts Citizenship Bill, Says Tarun Gogoi

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had indicated that the Bill has already cleared the Lok Sabha and will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha by December 10.

Karishma Hasnat | CNN-News18

Updated:December 3, 2019, 10:52 AM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Congress in Assam to Move SC if Centre Enacts Citizenship Bill, Says Tarun Gogoi
File photo of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. (PTI)

Guwahati: The Congress in Assam would move Supreme Court against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 if it comes into implementation, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Monday.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had indicated that the Bill has already cleared the Lok Sabha and will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha by December 10.

“The Congress will move Supreme Court because we believe that the Bill is unconstitutional, and against the very spirit of secularism. It is divisive and communal in nature, and violates the very constitutional provision - equality for all. There cannot be division on basis of religion, caste or creed,” said the veteran Congress leader.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been trying to convince people in Assam on accepting the contentious bill saying that the bill will be tabled after consulting the stakeholders. However, protests have intensified across the state with All Assam Students' Union (AASU) taking out a cycle rally on Monday to protest against the Bill that would grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“This agitation is not politically motivated, but it has taken a serious turn. I am happy to see students taking the lead. We don’t have land, jobs for our own people – and the government is opening doors to refugees from neighbouring countries,” said Tarun Gogoi.

“If the government is ignoring the sentiments of the people, it means they are dictators. In democracy, a leader listens to the voices of the people, or tries to convince them. But this government is ignoring the wishes of people despite knowing what they want,” Gogoi said.

State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Das added that providing fundamental rights to the persecuted minorities of the neighbouring countries has been the BJP’s ideological commitment since its inception.

Amit Shah had earlier announced that people have nothing to fear from the bill as the Centre would not dilute the existing laws and regulations, including state laws. He added that the centre is up for protecting cultural, linguistic and other rights of the local people.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results