Mehdi Alam Bora, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson of Assam, on Tuesday, resigned from his post after the Citizenship (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha.
Mr. Bora submitted his resignation letter to Ranjeet Kumar Dass, the President of Assam. In the resignation letter, Mr. Bora wrote, “I oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill. I truly feel that it will harm the Assamese society.” He further added, “This will also hurt the secular fabric of the Assamese society. I have always been opposing this bill. On account of the Bill being passed in the Lok Sabha, I could not agree with (the) BJP party and so resigning from all posts, including primary membership.”
The residents of Assam are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed in Lok Sabha, yesterday. According to the protestors, the bill contradicts the Assam Accord signed on the 15th of August, 1985 between the Central Government and the All Assam Students’ Unions (AASU.)
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill grants citizenship to people of different communities such as the Sikhs, the Hindus, the Persis, the Christians, the Buddhists and the Jains from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. People residing in India since before the 31st of December, 2014 will benefit from this bill.
However, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will become a law after it is passed in the Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha.
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