Several organisations staged protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government’s move to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at Biswanath district’s Dhuli along the Assam-Arunachal border on Sunday.
The Dhuli unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Assam Karbi Students’ Union (AAKSU), All Assam Adivasi Students’ Union (AAASU), the All Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association (AATSA) and Pavoi unit of the All Assam Karmachari Parishad (AAKP) under the aegis of the Pavoi unit of AASU joined the protest programme.
The protesters also took out a rally from Diring Pathar HS School premises.
The leaders of the organisations demanded that the Assam Accord be implemented for identification and deportation of the illegal migrants from Assam.
The protesters shouted slogans like ‘Implement Assam Accord’, ‘Assam is not an open field for Bangladeshis’ etc. during the protest.
AASU assistant secretary Duldul Borkotoky, AAKSU advisor Mangal Be, AAKSU organising secretary Mangal Ronghang, Sonitpur district unit of AASU assistant secretary Ajmat Shaikh, AAKP’s Pavoi unit general secretary Moinul Islam, AATSA’s Biswanath unit general secretary Ananta Sona along with locals joined the protest.
Most of the political parties and organisations representing various ethnic groups of the State have raised their voice against the Central Government’s move to grant Indian citizenship to illegal migrants by implementing the vexatious Bill.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which is also a partner in the BJP-led coalition government in Assam, has been reiterating its opposition to the Bill.
The AGP leaders also said that the party, which has launched a mass signature campaign against the Bill across the state, would leave the government if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in the Parliament.
On the other hand, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) also launched a mass signature campaign against the Bill across the State from May 14 to May 24.