Guwahati, January 24 (PTI) Senior BJP leader and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Thursday said the Citizenship Bill, implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord and ST status to six communities in the state will make it a “fort” for the indigenous people. Also Read - RT-PCR Test Mandatory For Passengers Flying to Assam From Mumbai, Karnataka | Check Details Here

People protesting against the Citizenship Bill are trying to divide the community, he said while speaking at a BJP rally here. Also Read - 90 Voters But 181 Votes Cast In Assam Polling Booth, 5 Officials Suspended

The protests against the Bill are an attempt to create a fight against the believer of Indian culture and heritage, Sarma, the convenor of North East Democratic Alliance, said. Also Read - Earthquake Jolts Sikkim-Nepal Border, Tremors Felt in Assam, Bihar, Bengal

“If the three steps by the Centre are implemented then Durga puja and Bhagwad path (public reading of the Bhagwad Gita) will continue in places that are demographically sensitive for the next 10 years. It will make the state a fort for the indigenous people,” he said at the rally.

“The situation is such that I am threatened on phone (by protestors). I get messages saying — come to our place, we will see you… I am the number two minister in Assam. If I am threatened like this, what is left?” he said without elaborating.

Taking on those opposing the Citizenship Bill, Sarma said, “AGP has gone into oblivion, while Congress has lost the courage to fight the BJP.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.