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Citizenship Amendment Bill is an atonement of past guilt: PM Modi
Taking a dig at the opposition, the Congress party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, termed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is an atonement of the 'past guilt'.

Abstaining from taking anybody's name the Prime Minister charged the Congress for that 'guilt'. He hinted that the guilt was nothing but the Partition of the country at the time of the independence.

Speaking at a rally in Silchar of Assam, on Friday, the PM said, "Guilt took place at the time of the country's independence (for the Congress). Hence, we have brought the Citizenship (amendment) Bill of 2016. It is not a prize. It is an atonement of that guilt."

He expressed hope early passage of the Bill in Parliament. The PM has also given assurance of implementing the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord apparently seeking support in the incoming Lok Sabha elections. The Modi government has been seeking to grant citizenship to those non-Muslim immigrants who legally or illegally entered India from three neighbouring countries namely Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014 by amending the Citizenship Act of 1955.

But in Assam various organisations have been staging protest against the Centre's controversial step, expressing apprehension that the indigenous populace of the state would become minority in their own land if the Citizenship (amendment) Bill gets passed in Parliament. Apart from this some prominent personalities as well as noted intellectuals like Dr. Hiren Gohain , Harekrishna Deka, Dr. Nagen Saikia among others also have raised their voices vehemently against the controversial Bill.

It needs mention here that as per the Assam Accord, 1985, no foreigner irrespective of his or her religious affiliation would be given permanent residentship in the state if he or she came after the midnight of March, 1971. Hence, the Accord would be meaningless if the Citizenship (amendment) Bill turns into laws.

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