According to Laishram Peter, the Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal.
They gathered at Lakhiram Barua Sadan at Dighalipukhuri, talked about possible adverse impacts of the bill on Assam, sang songs to inspire people to oppose the bill, put up cartoons of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state BJP leaders on the bill issue and sang the state anthem O mor aponar dex. "We will organise the signature campaign across Assam till May 30", Asom Gana Parishad President Atul Bora said.
The Bill once passed would render the Assam Accord as well as National Register of Citizens (NRC) toothless, he said.
Guwahati: A proposed law that would give citizenship to illegal migrants from Bangladesh has stirred up the northeast against the BJP, which rules six of the seven states in the area.
"If the interest of the state and its people are not secure, then what is the meaning for me in continuing as the chief minister of the state". Ahead of the state elections in Assam, the BJP had taken a tough stand on illegal migration.
"I appeal to all to maintain peace so that unwanted situations do not develop in the state".
Meanwhile, Assam police on Thursday interrogated senior Congress leader and former minister Ardhendu Dey at Hojai on charges of his alleged attempt to incite communal tension while advocating citizenship for Hindu Bengali who came from Bangladesh because of religious persecution.
It was Sonowal who had gone to the Supreme Court much before he became the chief minister to get the IMDT Act scrapped as it was not much successful, the minister said.
"The JPC Chairman had hinted the Committee will return to Assam to further take the people's opinion on the Bill. It was due to his efforts that saw the IMDT (Illegal Migrants' Determination Tribunal) Act, which made detection of immigrants hard, being struck down (by the Supreme Court)", the state's Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told reporters in Guwahati. "This time, people have been given top priority", he said. To weed out migrants, the Assam Accord was signed in 1985, which says anyone who entered the state after 1971 would be considered an illegal resident. Now the state Congress is saying something and the district units and their leaders in Barak Valley are saying something else. While nearly all organisations and non-BJP political parties in Assamese-speaking Brahmaputra Valley opposed the bill, the Bengali-speaking Barak Valley supported it.