Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti
(KMSS) Adviser Akhil Gogoi on Sunday appealed to opposition
Congress to ensure defeat of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
in the Rajya Sabha.
Gogoi said the KMSS will try to meet all other
opposition parties to convince them to stand against the bill
in the Upper House, where the controversial document is likely
to be placed for passage during the Budget Session beginning
He criticised the Congress for "not taking strong
stand" against the bill, when it was introduced and passed in
the Lok Sabha on January 8.
"Congress should play its national role. The people of
Assam are keenly watching them. So, I appeal them to stake a
bold step and ensure that it is never passed in the Rajya
Sabha," the peasant leader said in a press conference here.
The Congress will become history if it wants to play
the "soft Hindutva card" and directly or indirectly supports
the bill for passage in the Upper House, he said.
"We will try to meet the Trinamool Congress, the
JD(U), the RJD, the Aam Aadmi Party, parties from the south
and all other parties to request them not to support the
bill," Gogoi said.
The firebrand RTI activist also warned the Centre and
the state that if it is passed, then the "law and order
situation in north east is surely going to deteriorate" and
the BJP-led government will be responsible for that.
Gogoi had Friday announced that he will hold a 24-hour
hunger strike on Monday during the coming 'Magh Bihu'
festival, of which community feast is an integral part, to
protest against the bill.
On 'Uruka' night, the first day of the three-day Magh
Bihu, people enjoy community feast with new harvest and it is
one of the main attractions of the festival. Magh Bihu is one
of the three Bihu festivals of the state.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to amend the
Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus,
Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled
religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and
entered India before December 31, 2014, after six years of
residence in the country, instead of the current 12 years,
even if they do not possess any proper documents.