The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has warned Union home minister Amit Shah over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and asked him to refrain from playing with the sentiments of the people of Assam and others states of Northeast.
The statement of AASU comes after home minister on Tuesday said in Kolkata that the Centre would bring the contentious Citizenship Bill soon.
AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said the students’ body would be forced to launch a democratic movement if the Centre tries to impose the the Bill against the wishes of the people.
“AASU would never accept violation of the Assam Accord,” Gogoi said.
He pointed out that as per the Assam Accord, all foreigners, who came to Assam after March 24, 1971 should be detected and deported irrespective of their religion and the AASU would not accept violation of the Accord.
Gogoi further said the Centre’s move to try and give citizenship to foreigners on the basis of religion is unconstitutional as India is a secular country.
“The imposition of the CAB would pose a threat to the political rights, language and culture of the indigenous people of Assam and other states of Northeast. Just because the ruling party has the majority in Parliament, it might try to pass the Bill forcibly. This is not a healthy sign for democracy,” he said.