On Wednesday, working president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), Bhaichung Bhutia, called on the Sikkim government to make its position clear on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill.
“We have already seen most of the Northeast governments have already opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill,” Bhaichung had said.
“I would like our Sikkim government to do the same,” he added.
“This Bill is completely against the interests of Sikkimese people and Article 371F,” the former football star reiterated.
“Hamro Sikkim party completely stands against the bill,” he said.
“We expect Sikkim government to make their stand clear to the Centre in the interest of Sikkim,” added Bhaichung during a media at a press statement on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet gave its nod to the 2019 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aimed at providing Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, and Buddhists fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
The Bill, which amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make illegal migrants eligible for citizenship in selected categories, was attacked by the opposition, minority outfits and others for leaving Muslims and also on the grounds that it runs counter to the Constitution, which does not distinguish between citizens on the basis of their faith.
The Bill has ignited outrage in the Northeast, and there are signs that the government is working out a solution to convince the region's states about the consequences of granting citizenship to a large number of Hindus who have come from Bangladesh over the decades.
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