The North East Students Organisation (NESO) on Thursday warned of an agitation across the Northeast if the Centre goes ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“The people of our region are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill tooth and nail. The BJP government must understand the sentiments of the indigenous people of Northeast,” NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said.
He added the Bill is again an attempt to impose the burden of the post-1971 Hindu Bangladeshis in the entire region.
Jyrwa, who is camping in New Delhi along with AASU leaders Samujjal Bhattacharyya and Dipanka Nath leaders of different parties.
They met leaders of the Congress, JD (U), Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and sought their support to oppose the amendment in parliament.
“We are exploring all options to prevent this amendment bill. We are talking to all stakeholders and we hope the central government understands our serious concerns about this bill,” Jyrwa said.
Warning the central government not to go ahead with the bill, the NESO chief said, “such an undesirable step by parliament will once again agitate the entire Northest region.”
The BJP-led government in Arunachal Pradesh too has been opposing the proposed amendment.