Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said he had no reason to continue in his post if he could not protect the interest of the people of the state. He was interacting with the editors of print and electronic media in Guwahati on the prevailing situation in the state following the recent visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. A key amendment in the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from six minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India. On this edition of ‘The Big Picture’ we take a closer look at the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Guests – A.K. Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard, Rajendra Agrawal, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Trina Roy, Program Officer, PRS Legislative Research