Citizenship Amendment Bill: Adding to the woes of BJP

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The woes of the BJP government do not seem to be coming to an end in the wake of the controversial Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to offer citizenship to minority Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan on grounds of religious persecution.

The North East states have raised strong objection to this bill, saying that they have dealt with repercussions of illegal immigration from Bangladesh till December 2014.

AGP, the BJP’s ally in Assam, has already withdrawn its support over the Bill asserting that it contradicts 1985 Assam Accord. It also seems that BJP government is only discriminating against Muslim migrants while extending a helping hand to other persecuted religious groups.

Since the constitution does not allow discrimination on religious grounds, it is being speculated that the bill will not be able to pass judicial scrutiny. The problems for sitting government increase by the fact that government has already assured Bangladesh that nobody will be deported after the NRC exercise. This is in clear contradiction to the Lok Sabha Bill extending citizenship selectively.

This seems like a desperate measure by the BJP party to entice its voters but the effort seems to be counter-productive because massive protests have erupted in Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley and other areas. The repercussions in the North East might prove to be disastrous for the BJP in not only the State Elections but also in the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well.

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