Assam Congress leaders decided not to attend the meeting to discuss the proposed amendment in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) called by Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday.
The Minister of Home Affairs has called for a consultative meeting of civil society groups and political parties to discuss the proposed bill to amend citizenship.
The Northeast Congress MPs and the Naga People's Front (NPF) protested against the CAB in Parliament.
All political parties, ethnic groups of the north-eastern states and organizations of civil society are likely to attend the conference.
The CAB intends to make it easier for non-Muslim immigrants to become Indian citizens from India's three Muslim-majority neighbors— Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Although the Bill does not spell it out clearly, the fact is that it entitles the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians facing religious persecution to seek Indian citizenship in the three countries and highlights Muslims ' exclusion.
This amendment is to the 1955 Citizenship Act, which requires the applicant to have resided for 11 of the previous 14 years in India. The amendment seeks to ease this 11- to 6-year provision for the three nations ' Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians.
It is not only the opposition parties which are opposing the CAB, but many Northeastern states fear that the Bangladeshi immigrants will be settled in their areas, which they think are a threat to their ethnic identity.
Nearly the entire Northeast, mostly governed by the BJP or the NDA, had registered their protest in the run-up to the 2019 General Elections.
The provisions for "protecting" the northeastern indigenous people are said to have been included as a revamped bill is all set to be reintroduced by the Modi government.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had said during a media interaction in October, “We trust and have confidence that Central leaders will be there to protect the indigenous people of the Northeastern region.”
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