NEW DELHI, Oct 10: A 25-member delegation of North East Students Organisations (NESO) led by its advisor Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharjya and chairman Samuel Jrywa called on Union home minister Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju here on Wednesday and demanded repeal of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The student body also submitted an eight-point charter of demands to the Union minister seeking solutions to various issues pertaining to the Northeast.
Besides Jyrwa, general secretary Sinam Prakash, AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath, representatives of Khasi Student Union (KSU), Naga Students Federation (NSF), Garo Students Union (GSU), All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and Tripura Students Federation (TSF) also attended the meeting.
The home minister assured to positively look into all the demands placed before him. However, no specific timeline was given.
Meanwhile, the proposed sit-in protest by the NESO which was scheduled at the Jantar Mantar on Thursday has also been deferred.
“We have mainly highlighted eight burning issues of the northeast,” AASU president Dipanka Nath told The Hills Times.
Today’s sit-in demo at Jantar Mantar deferred
He said the student delegation has also demanded the Centre to carry out the NRC update exercises in all Northeast states to solve the problem of illegal influx from Bangladesh.
The delegation also demanded the government to take stringent steps to stop illegal influx from across the border.
A demand for separate time zone for the Northeast states and declaring the recurrent floods in the region as a national disaster has also been raised by the student leaders. The student leaders have also included the recent Siang flood problem in its charter of demands.
The student organisations have said that due to the influx of migrants from Bangladesh “indigenous people have become minority in their own land.”