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Why is Assam opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill?

Adding to the list of allies deserting the National Democratic Alliance is the coalition partner of BJP-Assam Gana Parishad. On Tuesday, the party announced that it will no longer be a part of BJP-led NDA. But why has the Assam Gan Parishad after giving a stable government for three years in Assam decided to sever ties with the BJP? The reason is the Citizenship Amendment Bill. the Bill was introduced by the Modi government in Lok Sabha in 2016. This new citizenship amendment bill seeks to amend the original Citizenship Act of 1955. The bill was passed in lok sabha in the recent winter session.Now the new bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. Simply, illegal migrants from these three countries who are non-muslim can now be Indian citizens. This has been opposed by the AGP and many other north east aliied parties.

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