Anti-CAB protest: AASU, 30 ethnic groups take out torchlight rally

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GUWAHATI/DIPHU/ NAGAON, Nov 21: In their continued protest against the NDA government’s move to bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill during the winter session of the Parliament, activists of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 30 other indigenous organizations on Thursday took out torchlight processions across the state demanding withdrawal of the contentious bill.

In Guwahati, several hundred supporters of AASU and other indigenous organisations took part in the protest and shouted slogans against the BJP-led Union government.

Leaders of the premier student organisation including its chief advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, president Dipanka Nath, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi participated in the procession and warned that the Centre will be responsible for any situation that might arise in the state if the bill is passed in Parliament.

The leaders said that Assam is not the dumping ground of illegal Bangladeshis and the people of the state will not accept the bill.

The AASU also took out the torchlight processions in Biswanath, Nagaon and other parts of the state.

Social organisations continued their protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) on Thursday.

Karbi Anglong District Students Union (KADSU), All Dimasa Students Union (ADSU) and Karbi Students Association (KSA-Simeon Rongphar took out a torch light process in Diphu town to register their protest against the bill.

The procession started from Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park and entered the main thoroughfare of Diphu market.

KADSU general secretary Shorjun Hanse said that Northeast is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis. The people of Northeast do not want CAB as implementing the CAB means the people are going to lose their language, culture and age old practices.  If the Central government is going with the implementation of CAB, there will be a vigorous agitation in Northeast, he said.

He urged the government not to play politics in the name of caste and religion as it is going affect the indigenous communities.

KSA vice president Bishnu Teron said, “We are against passing of CAB, the two child norm adopted by BJP government and introduction of Panchayati Raj in Karbi Anglong and Schedule Tribes Amendment Bill, 2019.”

Such torch light procession was also taken out by Nagaon District Students Union (NDSU) throughout Nagaon town.

The rally started from the office of student body and wandered throughout Nagaon town.

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