Citizenship Amendment Bill not based on religion: BJP

BJP has said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is not based on religion. Talking to newspersons in Guwahati, BJP spokespersons Rupam Goswami and Dr Numal Momin said the party is committed to fulfilling the Assam Accord. They said only those persons who came to India on or before 31st December 2014 because of religious persecution in neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, could apply for Indian citizenship under the legislation.

They alleged that a section of people are misleading the masses in Assam in the name of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Dr Numal Momin expressed concern that a large number of students are being engaged in Assam to protest against the Act. He said it would hamper their studies. He assured that the BJP would not do anything against the interests of the people of Assam.

Several organizations, mostly in Brahmaputra Valley, in the state, are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, alleging that a large number of Hindu Bangladeshi people would settle in Assam.

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