Himanta Biswa Sarma
NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a rally in Silchar on Monday. Image credit: Northeast Now

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, will be passed in November, said North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday in Silchar.

“If no more hurdles come in the way, then CAB will be passed in November,” Sarma said while addressing a rally in Silchar.

He was in Karimganj and Silchar on Monday for the Jan Jagran Rally under the Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyan initiated by the central BJP leadership.

“After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 (A) and passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, no one should ever doubt whether BJP would pass the CAB or not,” Sarma said.

“We would pass this bill in all likelihood by November next,” he further said.

“But all parties would be taken into confidence for the same, especially those from the Northeast to safeguard their cultural and linguistic rights,” he was quick to add.

“It was there in our election manifesto and many before the general elections told us that we would not be able to win seats,” he said.

“But you can see for yourself the results as in many places people have voted 99 per cent for BJP in various parts of the Brahmaputra valley,” further added the NEDA convener.

Sarma further said that the BJP is committed to provide shelter, protection, and citizenship to the victim families of religious persecution who have come from the neighbouring countries till December 31, 2014.

Aniruddha Laskar is the Chief of Bureau, South Assam &and Mizoram. He can be reached at - anilaskar@gmail.com

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