Protesters against citizens hit the streets of Assam

GUWAHATI: Protesters took to the streets against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Thursday when Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti said he would move to the Supreme Court if the bill is passed in Parliament.

Workers from various social and youth organizations joined the KMSS in a mass demonstration here demanding that the bill be discarded, while the opposition Congress MLA protested against it at the Assembly premises.

The Union of Students of All Assam (AASU), the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and others also made statements throughout the state denouncing the bill that will probably be introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 9 and retired the next day.

Accusing the BJP ruler in the Center and the state of sacrificing the feeling of the Assamese people at the expense of the voting bank's policy, the head of the KMSS said: If the CAB is not scrapped, people will overthrow the BJP government led by Sarbananda Sonowal in 2021 (when Assam goes to the polls).

The CAB seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, of 1955, to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, parsis and Christians, who come to India due to religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, even if not They do it. possess the right documents

The indigenous peoples of the northeastern states fear that the entry of these people will jeopardize their identity and livelihood.

If the 1.9 million Hindus from Bangladesh come to Assam in a few years and obtain Indian citizenship under the CAB, the existence of the Assamean language will be threatened and their jobs and land will be taken away, depriving the Indians, said Akhil Gogoi . said.

If Parliament approves the bill, the KMSS will move the Supreme Court. The movements in the street will also continue. Assam will never accept the CAB, said Gogoi, also an RTI activist.

By condemning the comment of the Minister of State and President of Asom Gana Parishad, Atul Bora, that Assam has to accept a few thousand Bangladeshis, the RTI activist threatened to start a movement against the party if he does not change his position in favor of native populance.

Gogoi addressed the protesters during a demonstration sitting near the Assembly that is in session and the adjacent secretary of state. The KMSS and others then took a procession along the Guwahati-Shillong arterial road.

KMSS leaders and supporters who came from other parts of the state to join the protest program here were arrested by police in several places.

The opposition Congress MLAs led by the leader of the legislative party, Debabrata Saikia, also demonstrated at the Assembly premises, holding banners and shouting slogans against the bill.

Members of the AASU and 30 other indigenous ethnic organizations also held motorcycle rallies in Jorhat, Golaghat and other parts of the state.

AIUDF workers organized a rally against the bill in the Nalbari district and burned effigies of the Interior Minister of the Union, Amit Shah, and Assam Prime Minister Sonowal.

The dissent in the ruling AGP was noticed when the leaders of the Tezpur unit told reporters that the party's base workers did not support the amendment, as it went against the interest of the existence and language of the indigenous peoples.

The BJP alliance partner, AGP, appears to be divided on the issue with its founding president, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, opposing the bill, while his current head and state minister of Agriculture, Atul Bora, is shown in his support for.