Asom Gana Parishad and BJP have decided not to
talk on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha
elections 2019 in Assam
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends the
Citizenship Act, 1955. Legal provisions relating to acquisition and termination
of citizenship of India are contained in the Citizenship Act, 1955
The bill seeks to make illegal migrants who are
Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan,
Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for Indian citizenship. The Bill also seeks
to reduce the requirement of 11 years of continuous stay in the country to six
years to obtain citizenship by naturalisation.
The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in January
2019. However, the bill lapsed as it
could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.
The bill has been highly criticised on the
following grounds: a) Violation of Article 14 (equality before the law) as it
seeks to grant citizenships to illegal migrants on the basis of religion, b)
against basic structure of the Constitution as it undermines secularism, c) would
undermine the rights of indigenous Assamese people as it violates the Assam
Assam Accord is a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS)
signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of
the Assam Movement- a movement against illegal immigrants in Assam.