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10 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Citizenship bill will not harm northeast, Assam: Modi

THE TIMES OF INDIA, Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday assured the people of Assam and the northeast that the citizenship bill will in no way cause harm to their interest.  He was addressing a public rally here in the assembly constituency of Assam health minister and BJP-led NEDA convener Himata Biswa Sarma.

 "It is a national commitment to the people of the northeast that they will not be harmed in any way and citizenship will be only granted after due investigation and recommendation of the state governments," Modi said.

It must be understood that there is a difference between those who forcefully entered the country and those who were "forced to flee their homes to save their lives due to their faith. Both are not the same”, he said.  “We have committed to provide shelter to the minorities in neighbouring countries who had to leave everything due to the atrocities inflicted on them. They have come to our country and embraced the idea and ethos of Mother India,” he said.

The Prime Minister also lashed out at those spreading misinformation about the legislation, saying that people who destroyed the country for years are now spreading wrong information about the bill for their own interests.

The BJP is committed to implement the 36-year old Assam Accord and a committee set up on the implementation of its Clause 6 is a step in that direction, Modi said.  The BJP-led NDA government is committed to protect the language, culture, resources, hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam and northeast, he said. The Prime Minister added that the BJP government will make Assam the oil and gas hub of the country and said that projects worth Rs 14,000 crore have been completed in the last four years.

 The citizenship bill 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.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the winter session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod. There has been strong opposition in Assam and other northeastern states against the bill.

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