The delegation including Dipanka Kumar Nath, President, Lurinjyoti Gogoi, General Secretary, Dr Samujjal Bhattacharjya, Chief Advisor, Prof. Basanta Deka and Prof. Shikar Sarma, Gauhati University were present.
They said that GoI has placed the citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Parliament and a joint parliamentary committee is entrusted for interacting with various groups and individuals across the country. The Bill proposes to regularise all the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh into Assam till 2014, on the basis of religion. They also said that they opposed the bill in the hearing.
It was further stated that the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will pave way for the regularisation of all the Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants till 2014, making the Assam Accord invalid in the clearest possible terms. "This should not be acceptable to any political party of our country which ratified the Assam accord in Parliament in 1985," they said.
They appealed to the Chief Minister to persuade GOI to withdraw the proposed communal Bill and discuss with them the deportation of the illegal Bangladesh nationals and sealing of Assam Bangladesh border. They also appealed to the Chief Minister to initiate the steps to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safety to the people of Assam as per the Assam Accord.
CM assured them his support and said that the central government should respect the sentiments of the Assamese people. He further said that the matter would be discussed with stakeholders in order to extend support to Assam.