Against Interest Of Sikkimese People: Bhaichung Bhutia Opposes Citizenship Bill

The draft of the law approved by the Union Cabinet fast tracks Indian citizenship for six non-Muslim religious groups from our neighbouring countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh

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Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has strongly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Bhutia, the founder of the Hamro Sikkim party,” We have seen most of the Northeast government has already opposed the Citizenship Bill. I would like our Sikkim Government to do the same.”

He added, “This Bill is completely against the interest of Sikkimese people and Article 371 F. Hamro Sikkim party completely stands against the Bill. We expect the Sikkim government to make their stand clear to the Centre in the interest of Sikkim.”

The Bill was approved on December 4th, 2019 by the Union Cabinet. The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Not many are happy with the Bill as they think “it is detrimental to the indigenous people of Northeast”. Massive protests have erupted across Assam and few Northeastern states.

Sikkim Loksabha MP Indrahang Subba has also opposed the Bill. “In democracy the rulers must reflect the majority’s choice and respect and protect those in the minority. I hope Shri @AmitShah ji will do justice to the small states like Sikkim and other north eastern states who are against implemention of CAB and do not have ILP.” Subba tweeted.

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