Modi reaches out to north-east on cit­i­zen­ship is­sue

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - CON­TIN­UED ON P 7 CAG RE­PORT ON RAFALE LIKELY TO­MOR­ROW P10

the leg­is­la­tion could di­lute lo­cal and indige­nous iden­tity by ac­cel­er­at­ing de­mo­graphic change. The bill pro­vides that “per­sons be­long­ing to mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties, namely, Hin­dus, Sikhs, Bud­dhists, Jains, Par­sis and Chris­tians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pak­istan” shall not be con­sid­ered il­le­gal mi­grants.

The PM as­sured his As­samese au­di­ence that cit­i­zen­ship would be granted to the peo­ple from the three neigh­bour­ing coun­tries only after they are vet­ted by the state gov­ern­ment and after a rec­om­men­da­tion by the lat­ter.

PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dresses a gath­er­ing in Itana­gar, Arunachal Pradesh, on Satur­day.

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