India's Move to Legitimise Migrants From Neighbouring Countries Sparks Protests

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The bandh supporters vandalize the office of BJP at Golaghat.

Mr. Bora said he would quit as Agriculture Minister on Wednesday along with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury. "Assam alone should not have to bear the entire burden", he said.

Meanwhile, ignoring the ongoing, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his deputy Himanta Biswa Sarma laid the foundation stone of a new medical college in Tinsukia where they alleged that just a section of vested interests was trying to vitiate the atmosphere of the state in order to block development.

Assam police spokesman Mukesh Agarwal said more than 700 demonstrators were arrested.

"We have made our best efforts to convince the BJP leadership about the negative impact of the bill and the stand of the people of Assam".

The AGP had entered into an alliance with the BJP before the 2014 polls and was opposed to the Bill since the beginning.

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Protesters there are angry not because the bill excludes Muslims, but because it would grant citizenship to undocumented Hindus who failed to prove their citizenship and hence were excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published last July.

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has warned Prime Minister, Narendra Modi that there will be an intense fight from their side against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

"It is very unfortunate that this bill has been passed; this is something which we have been opposing vehemently and as a cabinet also had passed a resolution that we will oppose any kind of implementation of this bill", Conrad told media persons today in Shillong.

The Nagaland Cabinet, on Monday evening, resolved to request the Centre to re-examine and review the Citizenship Bill to ensure it is "in consonance with the provisions of the Constitution and the existing practices of the Nagas".

The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill has appreciated the government's decision to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, claiming such people were being subjected to "unfair treatment" in those countries. "But the BJP has chose to go ahead with the Bill, leaving us with no option but to quit the alliance", Mr Bora said after meeting Mr Singh.

The bill sparked a second day of protests in the northeastern state of Assam, where almost 4 million people, accused of being foreigners, were effectivelystripped of their citizenship past year.

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It is estimated that millions of Bengali-speaking people in Assam trace their roots to Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which won independence from Pakistan in 1971 with India's help.

Shops, markets, financial institutions kept their shutters down, educational institutions, private offices remained closed and private vehicles, including long-distance buses, kept off roads in the Brahmaputra valley, police and official sources said.

The North East Students' Union (NESO) - the umbrella student body representing all the states - has also called for the bandh across seven northeastern states, which is being supported by the AGP, the Congress and 30 other ethnic outfits from Assam.

".we have been clear to the NDA government that this [the bill] is something we will not support". These states feel that the Bill needs to be opposed in "a bid to save their indigenous communities from extinction".

A meeting of the AGP was held in Guwahati on Friday on the issue and it was decided that if the Bill is passed in Lok Sabha, "we will withdraw support to the government in the state", Mahanta said earlier in the day.

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