Protest over Citizenship Bill: AASU, 28 ethnic groups to seek support of ministers, MPs, MLAs

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KMSS, 70 other organisations to begin Sankalp Sikha Yatra’ from today

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 10: Representatives of All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 28 other indigenous students organisations will approach all ministers, MPs and MLAs of BJP seeking their support for scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which will be a threat to the indigenous communities of the state, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said in a statement here Saturday.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was tabled in the parliament in August, 2016, seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India who have come here till December 31 of 2014.

“Joint delegations of AASU and 28 other student organisations will visit each house of ministers, MLAs and MPs in the state asking them to voice against the citizenship Bill. We also urge all members of the families of the representatives of people to apprise them about the impact of the Bill on the indigenous people of the state,” Nath said and added that this programme will continue till the government scrap the bill in the Parliament.

“We will not allow both the centre and the state government to pass the Bill under any situation and circumstance,” Nath said.

The student body will also take out torch light process in each region on November 16 as a mark of protest against the move of the government for passage of the Bill in the Parliament.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 should be scrapped immediately since the culture, language and identity of Assamese people are at stake,” Nath said.

The members of the AASU and 28 organisations on Saturday staged protest in each district headquarters against the Citizenship Bill.

The protesters holding play cards and banners shouted slogans against BJP ruled Sarbananda Sonowal government and demanded to clear its stand on the Bill.

Meanwhile, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and 70 other ethnic organisations will start ‘Sankalp Sikha Yatra’ from four different headquarters of the state on Sunday to protest against the Citizenship Bill.

Members of KMSS, AJYCP and other ethnic organisations will begin the ‘Sankalp Sikha Yatra’ bike-rally from Sadiya, Dhubri, Diphu and Jonai on Sunday and will reach Guwahati on November 16.

“Participants of Sankalp Sikha Yatra will protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in front of Janata Bhawan in Dispur on the same day,” KMSS chief adviser Akhil Gogoi said.

Gogoi also informed that they will demand the Assam government to clear its stand on the Bill on November 16 or the participants will protest in front of Janata Bhawan till their last breath.



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