India, Jan. 12 -- BJP leaders in Assam's Bengali-speaking Barak Valley, where there is wide support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for non-Muslims unlike the Assamese-majority Brahmaputra Valley, are hopeful that the bill will be passed in Parliament in the Budget session after it was stalled in the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha passed the bill on Tuesday and its passage in the Rajya Sabha could boost the BJP's fortunes in general elections later this year among the Bengali speaking Hindu population of Assam, many of whom migrated from Bangladesh and erstwhile East Pakistan.

The Bill has ignited widespread opposition in the Brahmaputra Valley leading to the BJP's alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) walking out of the state gove...