Akhil Gogoi
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi during an anti-CAB protest.

KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi on Tuesday called for stalling the functioning of all the central government offices including the All India Radio (AIR) in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Gogoi also appealed to all the people of the state to come out in large numbers and stop train services in Assam.

Addressing a press conference at Dibrugarh, Gogoi urged the people to join in the mass protests against the CAB.

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“The people should come in large numbers and stop train services from tomorrow morning. The BJP government has betrayed the people of Assam by bringing the CAB,” said Gogoi.

Amid protests, the Lok Sabha passed the CAB, 2019 in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday, BJP will table the bill in the Rajya Sabha,” Gogoi said.

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The peasants’ leader slammed the government for bringing law to grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis.

“Our ministers are misguiding the people of Assam by presenting the data of 5 lakh Hindus, who were left out from the final NRC and that we could take the burden of Bangladeshis in Assam.”

“If the CAB is passed in the Rajya Sabha, then the situation will turn worse in Assam,” said Gogoi.

He accused the BJP of playing divisive politics.

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“For the vote bank, the BJP has been going to grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis. They have fixed 2014 (Dec 31) as the new cut-off year, which has no sense at all. No documents will be needed for Hindu Bangladeshis for citizenship,” KMSS leader said.

Gogoi on Tuesday led a huge motorbike rally in Dibrugarh against the CAB.

A large number of anti-CAB protesters participated in the rally.

On the other hand, under the banner of KMSS, anti-CAB protesters blocked rail lines at Banipur in Dibrugarh. Three trains were cancelled due to the blockade.

The journey of Rajdhani Express, Kamrup Express, and Avadh Assam Express was cancelled due to the protest.

“We are going to Delhi for medical purposes, for treatment of my father, but now we don’t know what will happen. We have remained stranded at the railway station,” a passenger said.

Many passengers remained stranded at Banipur railway station due to the railway blockade.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com