Assam: Cracks over Citizenship Bill 2016 persist

Assam: Cracks over Citizenship Bill 2016 persist

GUWAHATI, May 18, 2018: Assam PCC and its Barak Valley units differences on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, have not been fully resolved despite state unit president Ripun Bora claiming on Wednesday night that there was “no division” between the Brahmaputra and Barak Valley Congress on the issue.

Bora had made the claim after an AICC-convened meeting to resolve the differences within the party, with those from Brahmaputra Valley opposing the bill and those from Barak Valley supporting it.

With AICC secretary Bhupen Kumar Borah going public with his views that the PCC should have “anticipated” the differences between the two valleys and taken the Barak Valley units into confidence, the differences became glaring, forcing the AICC to convene the meeting on Tuesday.

 

Borah, however, is on the same page with the PCC in opposing the bill.

However, the Barak Valley Congress leaders specifically told the media that they will not oppose the bill like those from Brahmaputra Valley but remain silent instead. They also made it clear that they will not join the signature drive to be carried out against the bill on May 24 across the state.

Silchar MP and Mahila Congress president, Sushmita Dev who is also a memeber of joint parliamentary committee that visited the state last week to seek views of the stakeholders, said the Barak and Brahmaputra Valleys had difference of opinion on the issue of language earlier but it didn’t harm the party.

Source: The Telegraph


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