Don't en­dorse cit­i­zen­ship law amend­ment bill

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Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and aca­demi­cians gath­ered in Kath­mandu have asked to stop im­me­di­ately the amend­ment process on the cit­i­zen­ship law - 2063 BS. At an in­ter­ac­tion pro­gramme or­gan­ised on Mon­day, par­tic­i­pa­tions have asked the law­mak­ers to with­draw the amend­ment bill tabled in the par­lia­ment for amend­ment of the cit­i­zen­ship law 2063. If the amend­ment bill is en­dorsed by the par­lia­ment, for­eign­ers will eas­ily get Nepali cit­i­zen­ship, they have re­marked. Former jus­tice of the Supreme Court Kr­ish­na­jung Raya­ma­jhi said that if the amend­ment bill is en­dorsed, there is pos­si­bil­ity of mis­use of Nepali cit­i­zen­ship by for­eign­ers. Se­nior ad­vo­cate Borna Ba­hadur Karki said that if Nepali cit­i­zen­ship is dis­trib­uted on the ba­sis of mi­rage, the sit­u­a­tion will be be­yond the con­trol of the gov­ern­ment. Former CIAA chief Surya Prasad Upad­haya said that cit­i­zen­ship should not be dis­trib­uted by de­ploy­ing cit­i­zen­ship dis­tri­bu­tion team. If the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to prac­tice dis­tribut­ing cit­i­zen­ship to for­eign­ers, soon, Nepal may lose its iden­tity. Former At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dr Yubraj Khati­wada said that cit­i­zen­ship should not be dis­trib­uted to the for­eign­ers un­less the na­tion will be­come strong. The cit­i­zen­ship dis­tri­bu­tion is­sue is aimed at sep­a­rat­ing tarai from Nepal, Khati­wada said. Bor­der ex­pert Bud­dhi­narayn Shrestha said that the cit­i­zen­ship is­sue can­not be re­solved un­less reg­u­la­tion of the open borders with In­dia. Shrestha sug­gested to con­struct fence in NepalIn­dia in­ter­na­tional borders. Former prime min­is­ter and CPN's se­nior leader JN Khanal said that the bill reg­is­tered in the par­lia­ment to amend the cit­i­zen­ship law is de­fec­tive. Na­tional Peo­ple's Front's

leader Chi­tra Ba­hadur KC said that amend­ment on the cit­i­zen­ship law is a grand de­sign to merge Nepal into In­dia. Gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPN ML, CP Mainali said that if the amend­ment bill is en­dorsed by the par­lia­ment, it will in­vite cri­sis on ex­is­tence of the na­tion.

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