The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is dividing the state BJP legislators much to the major embarrassment of the central leadership who are annoyed with the on going schemes of things.
According to what the sources say, party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav went tougher against the 6 party legislatures who spoke up against the controversial Bill that promises citizenship to non Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The senior party leaders rued that these legislators should have raised the issue inside the party floor before venting ire on camera which was contrary to the party’s discipline.
The central leadership are further disappointed with assembly Speaker Hiten Goswami who was second to make open comment against the Bill mooted by his own party. All they were warned of action if they refuses to go on the party line.
“The central leadership is very disappointed. But this is not right time for them to take action against them since the Lok Sabha polls are round the corner. Any strict action might trigger revolt and the party would have to pay heavy price in the long run,” said senior party leader.
Dispur MLA Atul Bora was the first to oppose the Bill from its inception. Then assembly Speaker Hiten Goswami aired his grievance to be followed by Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika. Then Lahwal MLA Rhituporna Barua talked to reporters against the Bill to be followed by Devananda Hazarika.
Sources more and more MLAs are going to vent ire against the Bill within the next week which could put Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in a fix.