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Congress, KMSS, Slam Rijiju’s Naked Bigotry- Rijiju Had Said All Non Muslim Immigrants To Be Granted Citizenship

"His statement has clearly exposed the BJP govt's conspiracy to legitimise the presence of illegal Hindu Bangladeshi migrants in Assam," KMSS said.

Guwahati, Jul 26 

The Leader of the Opposition in Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia today condemned Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju’s statement that all non-Muslim immigrants coming to India before December 31, 2014 were legal.

The Akhil Gogoi-led peasant body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has also warned the Centre and the BJP to not violate the Assam Accord, which states that all immigrants coming after March 24, 1971 were illegal.

“This announcement has clearly exposed the BJP government’s conspiracy to legitimise the presence of illegal Hindu Bangladeshi migrants in Assam and is a harbinger of grief for Assam,” Saikia said in a statement.

Rijiju had reportedly said in the Rajya Sabha yesterday that all Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees, Jains and Christians coming to various states, including Assam, till December 31, 2014 would not be considered as illegal migrants.

The senior Congress leader said that Rijiju’s statement discriminating between people on grounds of religion has “lowered the dignity” of the Constitution and the Supreme Court in view of the ongoing update of the National Register of Citizens, which fixed March 24, 1971 as the deadline to become a citizen of the country.

“The concept of having different yardsticks for grant of citizenship based on religion is alien to the democratic and secular ethos of India. The previous Congress government of the state had written to the Central government suggesting that citizenship may be granted to those settlers who were eligible as per existing laws and rules,” Saikia said.

Strongly condemning the statement, KMSS said people of Assam will never accept the new deadline to settle the Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam for political gains.

“There is no question to accept a new deadline now,” the organisation said in a statement.

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