Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi
Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi|EastMojo image

Lone Arunachal Rajya Sabha MP to oppose Citizenship Bill in House

Mukut Mithi’s assurance comes after a meeting with All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union over the contentious legislation on Tuesday

Damien Lepcha

Itanagar: Mukut Mithi, the lone Rajya Sabha MP of Arunachal Pradesh, has assured to express his strong opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as and when it would be tabled at the Upper House.

The assurance from the MP came after the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) on Tuesday wrote a letter to the former in which it expressed strong concerns against the contentious Bill.

The Bill, which intends to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and provide citizenship to those illegal migrants — mainly Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jain, Parsi or Christians — who have faced religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh is yet to get a Rajya Sabha.

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

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha despite serious opposition from the people of Northeast. Like several other unions and organisations of the Northeast, the AAPSU under the aegis of the North East Students' Organisation has been rigorously protesting against the Bill which is unconstitutional, anti-tribal and anti Northeast, the Union wrote in its letter.

While drawing the attention of the MP towards the sensitive matter, AAPSU at the same time stressed for the urgent need to rollback the Bill and ensure its rejection in the Rajya Sabha.

“Arunachal Pradesh is already plagued by the Chakma-Hajong refugee imbroglio since the past 50 years. There is every possibility that the refugees who are already settled in our state would try to take advantage of this Bill as the Chakmas are predominantly Buddhists and the Hajongs practice Hinduism,” the AAPSU said.

Meanwhile, MP Mithi besides paying heed to the demand of AAPSU’s has also to assured to pursue the concerns of the Union and the people of the State with other political parties and the Government of India.