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

New Delhi: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is all set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends. The contentious legislation could not be tabled, hence not passed, in Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die on Wednesday afternoon.

The Budget session was the last Parliament session of the current National Democratic Alliance government.

With Lok Sabha elections due this summer, the 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3. Bills introduced in Rajya Sabha and pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha. Bills passed by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha do.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of 11 years.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting the Rajya Sabha’s nod.

Meanwhile, celebrations have started in various parts of the state following the adjournment of Rajya Sabha.

Expressing happiness over the issue, Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, advisor of the North East Students’ Union (NESO) and the powerful All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), has urged the people of Northeast to be alert on any anti-national move of the BJP-led NDA government.

“It’s not the time for the people of the region to celebrate and be happy for the failure of the BJP to place the Bill on the floor of the Upper House,” Bhattacharyya told media persons in New Delhi.

Bhattacharyya, along with other senior leadership of both the NESO and AASU, were camping in New Delhi for past couple of days to lobby with other national-level political parties against the Bill.

“Only because of the stiff opposition from the masses, the Centre failed to place the Bill despite their repeated attempts at various levels,” the AASU leader said.

Meanwhile, Atul Bora, president of Asom Gana Parishad, the former BJP ally in the Assam government, has also termed it a victory of Indian democracy.

Both the NESO and AGP have expressed their views to keep on opposing the Bill keeping the greater interest of the people of the region in mind.

Earlier, addressing a public meeting at Changsari in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to address people’s concerns about the Citizenship Bill, saying his party is committed to protecting the culture and resources of the Northeast. Without naming any party, he said “Those who sit in AC rooms in Delhi” are spreading “misinformation” about the Bill.

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