The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on January 9. 2019 condemning the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India severely condemns the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 passed by Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 amidst strong protests by opposition parties. The Party feels that the Bill which grants everybody except Muslims citizenship is totally against the secular ethos of Indian Constitution and is being pushed through by the RSS-controlled BJP government led by Narendra Modi at the fag end of its term only to polarize the voters for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Party demands that the amended Bill must be withdrawn as the North-Eastern states, especially Assam, are burning with violent protests. As the North-East is a very sensitive area, the government should have taken into confidence all stakeholders before any such move.
The Party congratulates AGP for coming out of NDA over the issue. It is high time for other NDA partners also to review their ties with the ruling party in national interests and to uphold the constitutional values of secularism and democracy.