After a 12-hours curfew in Assam over Citizenship Amendment Bill; Now hits the normal life
Normal life was impacted in parts of Assam as 16 organizations and tribal universities and colleges called the 12-hour Assam Bandh on Monday to protest the Citizenship Amendment Bill that is being implemented in Parliament this week.
Demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads in Guwahati and many other locations in Assam during the band and requested that the government scrap the bill. Protesters also shouted slogans against the bill and BJP-led governments in the center and the state.
As many as 16 left-wing institutions including SFI, DYFI, AIDWA, AISF, AISA, IPTA and several tribal organizations from Assam called the 12-hour Assam shutdown to rally the bill.
Currently, the BJP-led Union Administration will table the Nationality (Amendment) Legislation in Lok Sabha. The legislation seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim communities from Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)-the influential farmer organization Assam has also extended its support to the band. Assam farmer president Akhil Gogoi said that the individuals of Assam and the Northeast are picketing against the Citizenship Amendment Bill because it is unlawful.
“We will never accept this unlawful, illegal, communal bill. Assam’s people are already on the streets fighting this draconian bill. If this law is passed, our constitution will no longer be because our amendment is a secular, representative declaration of independence,” said Akhil Gogoi.
On the other side, Assam BJP Union President Ranjeet Kumar Dass also said the BJP-led government’s approach to protecting the people of Assam politically and economically.
“Amit Shah also confirmed that before reaching the CAB in parliament, we will discuss with the various organizations and consultation and consensus. Numerous organizations have already accepted it because there has been given to protect the political right, social right and conservative right of the ethnic people of Assam. Already the union government has formed a committee regarding the protection of the Assamese culture, political situation and the committee will finalize a report and after submission of the report, the Union cabinet will notify how the Assamese people will be defended politically and socially,” Ranjeet Kumar Dass told.