On 8th January, 2019, the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill 2016

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Since then, the bill has faced tremendous opposition by student and political organizations and has led to a number of agitations in the north east states

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PM Narendra Modi, who started a tour of the North East India on 9th February, 2019, was shown black flags by protesters in at least two places in Assam.

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What is the purpose of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016?

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The bill was first introduced by the Lok Sabha on 19 July, 2016.

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It aims to grant citizenship to non-muslim minority communities.

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They are primarily Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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This is quite different from the Citizenship Act of 1955 that label a person an “illegal immigrant" if he or she has entered India without travel documents.

Why are the people in Assam protesting against the bill?

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Assamese organizations say that as a result of the bill the burden of illegal migrants will be passed on to the state alone.

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Also, Protesters believe the bill will destroy the language, culture and identity of assam

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What does the centre say?

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The centre says the amendment is for migrants who came through the eastern and western borders and are staying in India.

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The burden will be shared by the entire country, with the centre willing to help to implement it.

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However, PM in his speech in Assam said that Misinformation is being Being Spread Over Citizenship Bill.

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He added that there is no room for "intruders" in Assam as well as the country.

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