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Student bodies in Arunachal oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill

Arunachal Pradesh government-constituted Consultative Committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill on Wednesday held meeting with various student bodies of the state to seek their opinions and suggestions on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

CAB, which seeks to give Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, is likely to be tabled in the Parliament in the ensuing winter session.

State Home Minister and chairman of Consultative Committee, Bamang Felix on November 6 held meeting with the representatives of around 20 student organisations including AAPSU of the state in Itanagar and sought their suggestions, views and opinions on CAB, an official communique said.

While presenting their views and submitting representations all the student bodies representatives unanimously and vehemently opposed the CAB in a single voice and said that they will continue to fight against the controversial bill.

The home minister clarified that CAB is initiated and planned by the Union government. He, however, assured the student organisations that the state government would recommend their collective views to the central government after taking into consideration interests of the stakeholders of the state if the centre enforces implementation of the CAB in the state, the release added.

The minister further stated that the state government would always look forward and work for the best interests of the people of the state, it said.

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