Former Congress minister Ardhendu Dey says he will continue to support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and will forever stick to his stand that everyone whose names were enlisted in the 2014 voters’ list should be given Indian citizenship.

The former Hojai MLA reiterated his stand after appearing before Hojai Police today. Dey was earlier summoned in connection with the suo motto case registered against him by Hojai Police over an alleged communally provocative speech he allegedly made in connection with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“My stand is the same and it will be the same forever. I have been demanding since 2014 that all those whose names were present in the 2014 voters’ list should be granted Indian citizenship,” the former Assam minister said besides toeing Gautam Roy on even former chief minister Tarun Gogoi backing the issue in 2014.

“When I had raised the issue in 2014, then chief minister Tarun Gogoi had supported me. The issue was even discussed by the cabinet and was backed by a resolution. I don’t know why he has backtracked,” Dey told reporters outside Hojai police station.

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He also denied making any communally sensitive speech and stated that all he said was regarding his support to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.