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Black flags shown to Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and arrest of flag waivers. Image - Northeast Now

A day after Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma faced black flags at Kamalpur in Kamrup (Rural), he was again shown black flags at Pathsala in Barpeta district on Tuesday.

Waving of black flags to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of Assam continues in the State for their support to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Members of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) activists waved black flags to Minister Sarma on Tuesday during his visit to Pathsala.

Assam finance minister Sarma and state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass went to Bhagabati Kshetra in Pathsala for felicitating the BJP candidates who won the recently-held Panchayat polls.

The protestors also shouted slogans against the state finance minister and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill when the convoy of the minister entered the venue of the event.

According to information, police arrested 13 protestors including central committee leader of AJYCP, Bijan Bayan and Pathsala regional unit secretary of the student body, Saurabh Sharma, in connection with the incident.
Later, Sarma while talking to media persons at Pathsala said, “A syndicate of black flags has grown up in the state.”

Minister Sarma made the same statement on Monday while talking to media persons at Kamalapur after he was shown black flags during his visit to the area.

He mentioned that some protestors are hired from some places far away from the areas where the black flags are shown.

When asked about the protest staged by the indigenous organizations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the minister replied that the people are with them.

During the meeting at Pathsala, a social worker of the area, Kamleswar Medhi, joined the BJP.

Sasanka Talukdar

Sasanka Talukdar is Northeast Now Correspondent in Pathsala. He can be reached at: sasanka140@gmail.com

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