BJP government has opted against an ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill after strong opposition from their own allies in the Northeast.
The BJP government has opted against an ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill after strong opposition from their own allies in the Northeast even after it approved four other ordinances on Tuesday at the Union Cabinet meeting, according to reports in leading website NDTV. It was earlier speculated that the government might take a decision on promulgating the ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, that was passed in the Lok Sabha, however, it did not pass in the upper house of the parliament due to the lack of Modi-government’s majority.
The Narendra Modi-led government is keen on passing the bill before the Lok Sabha Elections however, it did not get the majority in Rajya Sabha. The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 if passed in the parliament will grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from the neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In disagreement to the act of BJP’s intention over the bill, BJP’s ally in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) backed had cut all ties with the party, which strongly opposes to the bill.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister in Manipur N. Biren Singh representing BJP along with Pema Khandu, his party counterpart from Arunachal Pradesh has visited home minister Rajnath Singh recently to discuss the situation of their states in the wake of the opposition to the bill and have called for its review. He had further asked the Centre not to go ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Meanwhile, BJP Chief Amit Shah has on Sunday said that the party will add the Citizenship Amendment bill as part of their manifesto before the Lok Sabha elections. It will also be interesting to see if the AGP party joins hands with the BJP once again for the Lok Sabha elections as it has not made it clear that the party would not make an alliance with the former.