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Sonowal stated this while having a meeting with the print and electronic journalists of Guwahati to discuss the visit of Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Assam's BJP chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is also under extreme pressure from regional ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) which propelled it to power in the state in 2016.

"The JPC has not taken any decision or submitted their recommendation but only visited the state to take the opinion and views of different sections of people and organisation", Patowary, also the industry minister, said.

"Even without passing of the Bill, illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are crossing over to the region be it Assam, Tripura or any other state", he said while maintaining that the North East region can not take the burden of Bangladeshis anymore since the region took the entire load of Bangladeshis fleeing their country during their liberation war.

Saikia pointed out that the chief minister had said that he would quit if pushed, but failed to assert that he would stand up and fight for protecting the interests of Assam. Already the relation between local Assamese and Hindus of other linguistic groups are not cordial due to their dominance over Assamese people in jobs and business If Assam has to take the burden of several lakh Hindu Bangladesh there will be more friction and social unrest in the state.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told NDTV that his National People's Party, which leads the NDA government in Meghalaya, is opposed to the bill.

"I appeal to all to maintain peace so that unwanted situations do not develop in the state".

The chief minister said that before the JPC's visit, it was alleged that he was not allowing it to come to Assam.

These groups say the bill will violate the Assam Accord of 1985 and citizenship can not be granted on the basis of religion. "It was due to his efforts that saw the IMDT (Illegal Migrants' Determination Tribunal) Act, which made detection of immigrants hard, being struck down (by the Supreme Court)", the state's Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told reporters in Guwahati.

Peter said that the Bill is a conspiracy to wipe out the indigenous peoples of the whole North East region who belong to the Mongoloid stock.

The JPC had heard individuals, political and other organisations on the bill in Guwahati on May 7 for 30 Brahmaputra valley districts and the next two days for the three Barak valley districts. To weed out migrants, the Assam Accord was signed in 1985, which says anyone who entered the state after 1971 would be considered an illegal resident.

There are also fears that anti-Bengali sentiments will increase in the state in the wake of the controversy.

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