Torchlight rally
Citizens taking out a massive torchlight rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Tangla town in Udalguri district on Saturday evening. Image credit – Northeast Now

The activists of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along with 28 other indigenous organizations of the state took out a massive torchlight rally throughout Tangla town in Udalguri district on Saturday evening in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The protest was carried out in the wake of the Gazette notification of the Act.

A mass gathering of more than 10,000 people from every walk of life, irrespective of caste, community, and religion spontaneously participated in the rally which started from Tangla HS playground and passed through the main thoroughfares of the town via Tangla Tinali and culminated at the Kukurakata area.

The protesters rented the air with high-pitched slogans like ‘Assam Government Go Back’, ‘Tumi Jodi Axomia Aha Amak Jug Dia’ (If you are an Assamese come, join us).

The programme, organized by the Tangla Anchalik AASU, was addressed by its president Pranjal Deka, assistant general secretary of the AASU, Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharjya and others.

Bhattachrya termed the Act as an attempt to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of the state.

Bhattacharya said, “The imposition of the Act by bringing Gazette notification is an utter insult to the historic Assam Accord and is detrimental to the secular feature of the constitution. The democratic protests against the Act have not been paid heed to but no force can deter us and we will continue our protest until the Act is withdrawn from Assam.”

Pranjal Deka said, “We have opposed the Act tooth and nail and will not change our stand whatever might be the circumstances.”

“It is a question of the survival of a community as Assam is already overburdened with a huge influx of foreign nationals from Bangladesh causing serious economic, social stress and identity crisis posing threat to the existence of the indigenous communities of Assam,” he added.

Meanwhile, people in large numbers took part in a torchlight rally organised by the Inter Mangaldai Unit of AASU at Mangaldai on Saturday in protest against the execution of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.

The rally started from the Swahid Bhawan at around 6-45 pm and moved through the main streets of Mangaldai town including LNB Road, BR Road, and BB Road.

Later a meeting was organized near Mangaldai ‘Bor Pukhuri’.

The protestors shouted slogans against the Act and the government and asserted not to accept the contentious Act in any circumstances.

Earlier on the activists of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yub Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Darrang unit burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.


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