Various organisations, students protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam

Various organisations, students of Assam protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across the state and said that it is an unconstitutional and anti-national bill.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Union cabinet on Wednesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the government is all set to pass the bill in the ongoing winter session of the parliament.

The students of the North Lakhimpur College in Assam and few civil society groups jointly took out a torchlight march against the bill on Wednesday night.

The protesters shouted slogans against the BJP-led union and state government, Union Home minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The protesters demanded that the controversial bill should be scrapped immediately.

On the other hand, the activists of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) an influenced student body of Assam, burnt effigies of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass.

The protesters said that Assam is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis.

We can’t accept the bill at any cost. It will harm Assam and the people of the state. Some untoward situations may happen for this bill, a member of All Assam Students’ Union said.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) also staged protests against the bill in different parts of the state.

On the other hand, several organisations including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Asom Sahitya Sabha and opposition Congress have announced a series of agitation programs against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across the state from December 5.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, in order to grant Indian citizenship to the non-Muslims of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

The indigenous people of Assam and other parts of the North-Eastern region fear that the entry of people from the neighbouring countries especially from Bangladesh will endanger their identity, culture, heritage, and livelihood.

Sultan Mahmud Mirdha, a resident of Assam’s Barpeta district said, This bill will not only harm Assam but will also be harmful for the entire North East.

The Assamese language, culture will be finished. We don’t want the bill to be passed. I do not support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I strongly oppose this bill, Sultan Mahmud Mirdha said.

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