Citizenship Bill: Another mass protest on Nov 5; Akhil gets ‘contempt of court’ summon, faces police house raid

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GUWAHATI, Oct 27: Altogether 60 indigenous organisations, including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have called for a mass protest on November 5 against the Union government’s move for passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 barely four days after the statewide bandh on October 23.

Announcing this, the KMSS chief adviser and farmers leader Akhil Gogoi on Saturday said the representatives of the 60 organisations would meet on November 3 to discuss the future course of action and strategies to take forward the movement for safeguard the indigenous people of the state. “We have decided to hand out 30 lakh leaflets to expose BJP- RSS on October 30,” Gogoi said.

The indigenous organisations have also called for a public meeting at the Sudmersen Hall of Cotton University here on November 4, Gogoi said and added that artistes, writers, intellectuals and senior citizens from various parts of the state will take part in the meeting.

“We will seek their opinion and launch a massive protest rally on November 5. We will not allow the Citizenship Bill to be passed in any circumstance,” Gogoi said.

The Citizenship (amendment) Bill 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Gogoi criticised BJP-RSS for their move for passage of the controversial bill and said, “BJP-RSS have done nothing significant in the last years. But they spread communal hatred among various communities.”

Meanwhile, Gogoi was summoned by Dispur Police Station to appear before it on November 3 in connection with an FIR lodged by little known Ram Sena for contempt of court, damages of property and dacoity against Gogoi during the 12-hour Assam bandh on October 23.

A team of police also conducted a raid at Gogoi’s residence at Nizarapar here on Friday night, sources said.

However, the representatives of 60 organisations condemned the FIR registered against Gogoi and said the police should take action against RSS for providing arms to the young children of the state for their Hindutva movement.

“Ram Sena is an organisation of Shiladitya Deb and RSS,” they said.

Earlier, BJP MLA Shiladitya Deb alleged that Gogoi had taken financial help from Bangladeshi Muslims organisations to step up protest against the Bill.

Addressing a press conference here Saturday, Deb said, “Akhil Gogoi wants to turn Assam into an Islamic state.”

“He (Gogoi) wants to make Assam another Islamic state. Why does he refrain from raising his voice against the Muslim Bangladeshis? The entire state came to a halt during the 12-hour statewide bandh on October 23 but he carried on with his business set up in Kaziranga,” Deb said.

“Gogoi carries out his protest rallies and programmes with the money he receives from Muslim Bangladeshis,” he added.


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