Join hands to protest Citizenship Bill, Akhil to state people; Sankalpa Yatra from Sadiya, Dhubri, Jonai and Diphu on November 11

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 4: A day after 70 organisations, including those representing various ethnic communities, resolved to launch a Sankalpa Yatra from Sadiya, Dhubri, Jonai and Diphu on November 11 to compel the Centre to rescind the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief adviser Akhil Gogoi Sunday urged people of the state to take issues like this one seriously.

The proposed Sankalpa Yatra will culminate at Dispur on November 16 with a Protirodh Samaroh to compel the Centre to rescind the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The other resolutions included mass satyagraha at district headquarters from November 17 to 27, followed by a mass democratic exercise, Gogoi said Sunday.

A nationwide protest and hunger strike would be launched against the Citizenship Bill. A District Coordinating Committee would be formed on Monday and a ‘Dispur Gherao’ programme would be launched on November 16, said the farmers leader at a public meeting organised at the Cotton University’s Sudmerson Hall on Sunday.

Gogoi said that the activists of the organisations would also stage a mass agitation in all districts from November 17 to 27 and would stage a sit-in-demonstration at Veterinary Science College playground at Khanapara in Guwahati from December 1 until the Bill is scrapped.

Several noted intellectuals of the state attended the meet.

Dr Hiren Gohain in his speech alleged that there is political connection in the Dhola incident and said BJP wanted to win 2019 Lok Sabha polls with Bengali votes.

“The Centre has always pressurized Assam for their vested interests. The present Sarbananda Sonowal government is whole-heartedly engaged in deteriorating the law and order scenario in the state of Assam. The Narendra Modi government at the centre is a capitalist government and handed over the nation to people like Anil Ambani. The Centre does not bother for the development of Assam and the communities of the state, he said.

Udayaditya Bharali, former principal of Cotton College said, “We will never accept this unconstitutional Bill”.

Sumitra Hazarika, noted women activist and former journalist opposed the Citizenship Bill and labeled  the NDA-led BJP government fascist.

Earlier on Saturday, 70 organisations had come together to plan and come to a resolution as to how to go about the protest against the amendment bill across the state.

These organisations have been trying their best to save the identity and integrity of the people of Assam and the land itself, a role which was supposedly to be played by the state government.

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