Assam groups opposing citizenship bill seek meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, threaten mass movement
The citizenship bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, drawing opposition from several groups in Assam.
Assam bandh today: 60 groups protest against citizenship bill; Sonowal govt makes attendance in office mandatory
At least 60 organisations, including the Congress, have called a 12-hour Assam bandh on Tuesday to protest against a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee with the Ministries of Home and External Affairs over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.
Assam turns into haven for illegal migrants: A story of blunders and missed opportunities to resolve vexed issue
The current situation in Assam stems from the failure by the state and society to grasp the long-term implications of unchecked illegal migration.
Assam NRC row: Asom Gana Parishad demands 'error-free' final list that excludes foreigners, protects indigenous people
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders have urged State Coordinator for National Register of Citizens (NRC) Prateek Hajela to ensure that not a single foreigners' name is included in the final NRC, said AGP chief Atul Bora on Monday.
The BJP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have demanded that the NRC must first publish the complete list before Aadhaar cards are issued.
Sarbananda Sonowal says Centre has assured concerns of people of Assam will be taken into account before amending Citizenship Bill
The centre has assured the people of Assam that their concerns will be taken into consideration before taking any decision on the amendment to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday.
Thousands join mass hunger strike in Assam against Citizenship Bill; BJP ally in state backs protests
Thousands of persons participated in a mass hunger strike here on Tuesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Assam influx: Scrapping of IMDT Act brought AIUDF's Badruddin Ajmal into politics as saviour of minorities
In the last Assembly election, the BJP understandably adopted a belligerent posture against the AIUDF projecting Badruddin Ajmal and his party as the messiah of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.
Assam's NRC quandary Part 3: Sarbananda Sonowal will have his hands full in 2018 with draft citizenship registry, electoral roll
The NRC issue appears to be a double-edged sword for the Sonowal government as all eyes will now be on how it handles the political developments post publication of the final electoral roll, 2018 and the draft NRC.
Deendayal Upadhyaya colleges: Assam govt's misplaced enthusiasm may dilute credentials of Hindutva ideologue
The recent decision of the BJP led coalition government in Assam to name five newly established colleges after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya has raised the hackles of the majority of the people including many in the party itself.
Analysts say that the BJP-AGP alliance in Assam is now trapped in a catch-22 situation over the Citizenship Bill, which is to be tabled in Parliament this winter session.
Analysts say that despite all the odds BJP’s position is still advantageous than that of the Congress.
The declared goal of this newly formed alliance is to bridge the development gap between the region and the rest of the country and instill awareness that a secure North East will ensure national security.
The question arises—has the BJP compromised or diluted its known Hindutva ideology to gain space in the North East, particularly in the Christian-majority states?
Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta expressed his discomfort by stating that a common minimum program has to be formulated among the allying political parties of the BJP-led government in Assam on such contentious issues.
Dutta first came to major limelight when he successfully revived the almost dead Assam State Transport Corporation as the transport minister in Tarun Gogoi's first cabinet in 2001.
BJP favours holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies and has written to the Standing Committee of Parliament in this regard.
The most recent legislative assembly victory in Assam, northeast India’s biggest and most important state, is a testament to what a campaign based on fear of the outsider can get you.
Assam Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal has a difficult road ahead. He not only has to deliver on the major promises made during the election campaign, he has to keep the BJP's alliance partners happy