Protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, (CAB), 2019, nearly 5000 people hit the streets of Jorhat on Monday and raised slogans against the government.

The mass protest was called ‘Gana Bixhobh’ (Public outrage) and several prominent personalities including former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi took part in it.

Some of the protesters even brandished the ‘hengdang‘- the traditional sword of the Ahom community- and gathered in front of Jorhat deputy commissioner’s office.

“Till this contentious bill is not withdrawn, the Congress will continue with its democratic protests,” Tarun Gogoi said while interacting with the media.

“Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who once had agitated against the illegal migrants- irrespective of their religion- has sold Assam’s land and hopes and aspirations to please PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah,” Gogoi added.

“He has done this to safeguard the chair of the chief minister,” Gogoi reiterated.

The protesters raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, CM Sarbananda Sonowal, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, and Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami.

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Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com