Anti-CAB protest
Anti-CAB protest in Karbi Anglong. Image credit - Northeast Now

Karbi Anglong has witnessed protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) by social organisations and political parties alike for the last three days.

On Thursday, the Karbi Anglong District Committee of AASU, All Dimasa Students’ Union and KSA-Simeon Rongphar faction took out a torch light procession in Diphu town.

The procession started from Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park and entered the main thoroughfares of Diphu market in the evening.

The general secretary of Karbi Anglong District Committee of AASU, Shorjun Hanse, said, “Northeast is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis.”

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“The people of Northeast do not want CAB as with the implementation of the CAB, the people of Northeast will lose their language, culture and age-old practices,” said Hanse.

“If the central government goes with the implementation of the CAB, then there will be a stronger agitation in the Northeast,” he added.

He urged the central government not to play politics in the name of caste and religion as it is going to affect the indigenous communities.

Anti-CAB protest
Anti-CAB protest in Karbi Anglong. Image credit – Northeast Now
Anti-CAB protest in Karbi Anglong. Image credit – Northeast Now

The vice president of the KSA-Simeon Rongphar faction, Bishnu Teron said, “We are against passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) by the central government.”

He also said, “We also oppose the two-child policy to be adopted by BJP government in Assam and introduction of Panchayatiraj in Karbi Anglong and the Schedule Tribes Amendment Bill 2019.”

The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to six non-Muslim communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had entered India due to religious persecution.

The CAB, 2016 was passed on January 8, 2019 in the last Lok Sabha but it lapsed as it could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha due to massive protests.

Nongee Terang

Nongee Terang is Northeast Now Correspondent in Diphu. He can be reached at: nongee.terang@gmail.com