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Cong appeals to NE to vote against BJP

Aizawl: The Congress on Monday appealed to the people of Mizoram and the Northeastern region to vote against the BJP and its allies in the coming Lok Sabha polls as it is determined to legislate the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill.
BJP national president Amit Shah told a rally at Lakhimpur in Assam on Sunday that if the the Narendra Modi-led BJP government returns to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections, it would ensure the passage of the Bill.
It had been passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill is now set to lapse on June 3, when the tenure of the present Lok Sabha ends.
“As BJP is hell bent on the passage of the proposed amendment bill, the people of Mizoram as well as the north eastern states should unite against the BJP and its allies for the defeat of the proposed legislation,” the statement said.
The Congress said that the fact that Shah “dared” to express on the soil of the Northeast BJP’s determination to pass the proposed amendment bill showed that he has no respect for the people of the region and their wishes.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. (PTI)

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