News By/Courtesy: Anakha Angeline Anilesh | 24 Jan 2019 11:13am IST

The Janata Dal decided to vote against the controversial Citizenship Bill when it would be placed on the table of the Rajya Sabha, although there has been a strong alliance between JD U and the BJP party. The party’s national general secretary and spokesperson stated this while he critized the actions of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP’s NDA partner Janata Dal U has decided to step up its protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, deciding on Sunday to vote against it in the Rajya Sabha.The party will send a delegation to the Northeast to meet civil society bodies in January. The Bill seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced was passed in the Lok Sabha in early January. Protests have broken out in several parts of the Northeast opposing the Bill. The ally of BJP Asom Gana Parishad, walked out of the alliance in protest of the bill.

A four member delegation, comprising leaders vice-president Prashant Kishor, secretary general K.C. Tyagi, Afaque Ahmad Khan and N.S.N. Lotha, will visit the Northeast. One of the members said that the party has reiterated its stand against the Bill. He stated that In the Rajya Sabha, the party will vote against the Bill. The delegation would meet civil society bodies and organisations to take stock of the situation. The bill is communal and the party opposes it. A delegation from the All Assam Students Union met the JD (U) head and the chief minister of Bihar- Nitish Kumar to seek his assistance in opposing the Bill. The JD (U) has one MLA in the Nagaland and is part of the NDA’s ruling coalition in the state. Reports also said that state government employees in Assam have decided to join the stir against the Bill.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 24 Jan 2019 11:16am IST

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