The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has decided to intensify agitation across the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill from the next month.
The influential students’ body has decided to go door to door explaining the people about the ill effects of the Bill.
“The general conference of the AASU has endorsed the decision to oppose the CAB. It was also decided to start an uninterrupted movement against the CAB from November 4.
“We are also going from house to house to explain the negative impacts of CAB on the indigenous people of Assam,” said AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya while participating at the general conference of the students’ body at Jonai in Dhemaji district.
He said that the general conference also decided to maintain its stand on the mega dams, which possess threat to the people living in downstream areas.
The AASU’s decision assumes significance as the Central government has already made up their mind to bring the CAB with some modifications.
The students’ body’s decision on the mega dams might also impact the Central government’s plan to resume construction of 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri hydro power project.
Assam and some other northeastern states had witnessed massive protests in the past few years over the Citizenship Bill, 2016, which the BJP led NDA government tried to pass in both the Houses of Parliament.
Students’ bodies as well as civil society organizations took to the streets in different states opposing the Bill.
The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to six non-Muslim communities who had entered India due to religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistn and Afghanistan.
Although the last BJP government failed to pass the Bill in Upper House before its term elapsed, the new government made it clear that they are going to bring it back with some modifications after holding discussion with stakeholders in the northeastern states.