APHLC protests CAB; sends memo to Kovind, Modi

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DIPHU, Nov 19: Leaders of All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC) and various social organisations staged a protest against Union government’s move for passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the winter session of Parliament at Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park here on Tuesday.

The protesters also opposed the move of the government for its attempt to introduce the controversial Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the winter session.

“We are poor people and we are already being marginalised. We will be further marginalised and will lose all our land and economic facilities if the CAB is passed in this winter session of Parliament,” APHLC president JI Kathar, who led the protest, told reporters.

“Now also government has already taken over our political rights that is the reason why we do not want CAB to be passed. The Constitution of India does not permit any person to become citizenship of the country on the basis of religion. Although the Bengali Hindus in Bangladesh have reportedly suffered atrocities from Muslims, it cannot be the reason for them to become Indian citizens. Why have they not taken up the matter with the United Nations,” Kathar said.

“Not only Karbis and Dimasas but Assamese themselves are also losing their political rights which is being taken away by Bangladeshis. If the CAB is passed our existence will be in danger and for that reason we are opposing the passing of CAB as well as Uniform Civil Code,” he said.

The protesters also submitted a memorandum to President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi through deputy commissioner Mukul Kumar Saikia in support of their demands.

Apart from APHLC, representatives of 19 organisations- Hills Tribal League (HTL), Dimasa Students Union (DSU), Karbi Students Association (Bijoy Bey faction), Hills State Demand Council (HSDC), Karbi Unemployed Youth Association (KUYA), Tiwa Cultural Society (TCS), Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum (KWJF) and Garo Students Association (GSA) took part in the protest.

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