Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is discriminatory; BJP trying to bring back Bangladeshis, says the Rajya Sabha MP and Cong candidate for Mangaldoi LS seat
Mangaldoi: Sitting Rajya Sabha MP and former Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita, who is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections as the party’s candidate for Mangaldoi constituency, raised concerns over the D-voter issue and said that it is a big problem for the region.
Speaking with EastMojo during one of his election campaigns recently, Kalita said the issue has to be taken up seriously. He further slammed the BJP government for ignoring the fact in the past five years of its regime.
Commenting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill row, Kalita said that it is the prime issue in the state. “This bill is discriminatory and against the constitution and principle of equality. The bill also violates the terms of the Assam Accord,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kalita said that despite the PM promising to drive the illegal Bangladeshis out of Assam, the party is still trying to impose the legislation.
He also cited that people of Assam agitated for a long time to drive away foreigners from the state and from Northeast, but the ruling party has forgotten about this and they want to bring more and more foreigners into Assam.
“The Congress will continue to protest the bill tooth and nail. No matter who is in power at the Centre, if voted to power, the Congress will scrap the bill altogether,” he added.
While commenting on the poor condition of the roads in the region, the Congress leader said that he is committed to improve the road communication in the constituency. He further said the improvement in road communications will boost up the agricultural marketing sector.
Speaking on the tea voters’ issue, Kalita said that his party is doing a lot for the welfare of the community. “If we come back to power, we will also fulfill the demand of Rs 350 daily wage for tea garden workers,” he said.
The senior Congress leader also said that unemployment has been another big issue in the state and the BJP’s promise of creating two crore jobs has desperately failed as not even a few lakh of youths got employed in the last five years of its regime.