People protesting against the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill, 2016 Credit: Representational image

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is all set to carry out peaceful demonstrations and protest rallies across the state on Thursday against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8.

APCC spokesperson Mina Toko informed that the protest rally at the Capital will start at 10 am from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan and culminate at the main gate of the civil secretariat.

“The Congress vehemently condemns the unconstitutional, communal and draconian Citizenship Amendment Bill introduced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government. The Bill in its present form is discriminatory and undemocratic,” Toko said in a statement on Tuesday.

Toko added the Bill is a free licence provided by the government to the refugees, foreigners and illegal migrants (irrespective of which religion they belong to) to live in the country and it is also against the secular and democratic fabric and principle of the nation, especially that of the indigenous people of Northeast region.

Meanwhile, the APCC had appealed to all the organisations, civil societies, government employees, youths and senior citizens of the state to join the protest and “save the state from this massive crisis”.

The APCC has further directed all its district, city and block committees to adopt the same resolution on Thursday.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. It seeks to make the illegal migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for citizenship in the country.

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