AASU, SAKP take out Raj Bhawan chalo to protest Citizenship Bill; Protest continues unless govt scraps the bill, says Samujjal

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GUWAHATI, June 6: Thousands of representatives of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) jointly marched towards Raj Bhawan to register their protest against the move of the Union government for passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 to grant Indian citizenship to illegal migrants, including Hindu Bangladeshis.

The protestors took out a rally from Uzanbazar to the Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to Governor Jagdish Mukhi.

“We will continue our protest, until and unless the Bill is scrapped,” AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Kr Bhattacharya told reporters after the rally.

Bhattacharya also appealed to Assam Government to oppose the Bill for the greater interest of the indigenous people living in the state.

“Why can’t the Assam government oppose the Bill? The Bill would pose threat to the identity of the indigenous community, its cultures and languages,” Bhattacharya questioned citing the example Meghalaya government’s opposition to the Bill, where BJP is an alliance partner.

Bhattacharya also reiterated his demand for implementation of all clauses of the Assam Accord to provide constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people and to detect and deport the illegal Bangladeshis, sealing of Indo-Bangla Border and signing of a bilateral agreement between India and Bangladesh.

“We sought a time-bound action plan from the government on the illegal Bangladeshis issue which the state government could not provide during the talk on June 1,” he added.

“The BJP-led governments both at the Centre and the state have been trying to create unrest in the state by introducing the Citizenship Bill,” he also alleged.

The AASU and 28 ethnic organisations have decided to go ahead with the stir after failure of the talks with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on June 1.

AASU president Dipanka Nath, general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad president Basab Kalita and general secretary Faqaruddin Ahmed joined the protest rally.

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