21 April 2019
Priyanka Gandhi’s roadshow in Silchar for sitting MP Sushmita Dev last Sunday marked a new innings for the Indian National Congress (INC) in the North East. Gandhi landed in the epicentre of the Barak valley, which has been embroiled in tensions over the controversial citizenship amendment bill (CAB) that proposes to include non-Muslim migrants as citizens.
Unlike other parts of Assam, the dominant Bengali-speaking Hindus here are in favour of the bill (and by virtue the Bharatiya Janata Party) since a majority risk exclusion from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to identify illegal migration post 24 March, 1971. The NRC, which is in the process of being updated under the watch of the Supreme Court of India, is expected to be completed by 31 July this year.