Citizenship Bill to be passed soon

PM Modi in Assam
PM Modi in Assam, Image : ANI

Silchar, Jan 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is expected to pass in the Parliament soon.

“Our government is going ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. This bill is related to emotion and lives of people. If there are people in the world who believes on Ma Bharati and they were persecuted from other countries, will Ma Bharati not give shelter to them?” asked Modi while addressing a public rally at Ramnagar here.

“If the Indian origin people were ousted from other countries, where will they go?” he asked.

The Prime Minister, who launched the BJP’s elections campaign in Assam for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, “I do not want to go into the details of the history of partition. People of the country had trusted those who had divided the country. There were mistakes in the past. This bill will be a penance against injustice done in past”.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was brought after long thought and hard labour,” he said, adding that it was likely to be passed in Parliament soon.

Modi also assured the people in Assam’s Barak Valley that no one’s name will be excluded from the NRC.

“I know that a lot of people had to suffer due to this process of updating the NRC. I am aware of this. But it is your sacrifice which has made the process successful. We had appealed to the Supreme Court to accept some documents like relief certificate, refugee camp certificate as valid for claiming one’s citizenship. I am happy that the SC agreed to this,” he added.

Earlier in a day, the Prime Minister paid a visit to Manipur, where he inaugurated several projects and laid the foundation stone of different projects.


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