Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been called in by Union Home Ministry to discuss over the over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday will take stock of Assam’s ground situation that generated over the controversial Bill.
Singh will chair the meeting at North Block that will be attended by senior officials from Dispur as well as Home Ministry.

According to the sources, Singh and Sonowal will also discuss the update regarding National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The meeting assumes significance as both New Delhi and Dispur are meeting over Citizenship issue after the visit of joint parliamentary committee (JPC).

Sources said that New Delhi is taking the matter very seriously as the incumbent government is interested to pass the Bill in the coming session of the Parliament.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has triggered a widespread protest from cross section of people in Assam. BJP’s alliance partner, AGP has even threatened to snap the ties over the issue.

Recently, AGP president Atul Bora even called on Home Minister Singh and lodged formal protest against the controversial Bill. Meanwhile, Principal Secretary (Home) LS Changsan and Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia held meeting with senior home ministry officials in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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