BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav addressing media persons in Guwahati on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is likely to be passed in the Rajya Sabha during the upcoming interim Budget session of Parliament.

Addressing media persons in Guwahati on , Madhav said, “The bill needs to be passed in the Rajya Sabha. If it finds place in the agenda of the short Budget session, it has the chances to be passed. I don’t think that any party will oppose the bill.”

The bill which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Christians from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan has been passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 and it needs to be passed in the Upper House to become a law.

Speaking about the Bill, which has spurred massive violence in Northeast, particularly Assam, the BJP leader said, “There are misconceptions being spread. A certain section of people is trying to incite violence in Northeast.”

The BJP general secretary appeared confident that the bill will have no impact on the demography of Assam as he denounced the “assumptions that 1.80 crore Bangladeshis will come to Assam”.

“The border along Assam and Bangladesh has been sealed,” he said, adding that illegal Bangladeshis would not infiltrate into Assam.

To clarify ‘misconception’ about the bill, Ram Madhav said, “Persecuted Hindus, who came to India before December 2014 and has lived for seven years, will have to apply for citizenship and the district administration will investigate them. The state government then will decide (on their citizenship).”

“Persecuted Hindus of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan look towards India and historically persecuted religious groups have come to India,” he added.

Speaking about the ongoing protests, the BJP leader said, “Some protesters are genuinely concerned, and some are using protests for political motives.”

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