People gathered in large numbers voluntarily at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara, where the Joint Parliamentary Committee heard different groups who oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. The Joint Parliamentary Committee has decided to hear the complaints of the 135 organisations from across the State. People have voluntarily taken to the street, standing in long queues to submit memorandums against the implementation of the Bill.
Members from the film fraternity including Prastuti Parashar, Simanta Sekhar, Tarali Sharma arrived at the venue to submit memorandums opposing the enactment of the bill.
Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee says, ‘All the complaints are taken today and will be analyzed properly and the report shall be produced at the Lok Sabha.’ He added ‘I personally would like to say that the rumour being spread making it a religious issue is false. Also, it is not an Assam centric policy as the public believes. It will take time to go through Lok Sabha.’
11 members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee were present in the hearing. Representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice and State government were present during the discussions and the committee is expected to have a separate discussion with them later after the organizations and individuals make their representations.