Cotton University students take part in an anti-CAB protest in Guwahati.

The students of Cotton University on Monday announced that they will not allow any member of the ruling BJP, RSS and ABVP into the campus in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

Cotton University Students’ Union (CUSU) general secretary Rahul Bordoloi said they have pledged not to allow entry of the leaders of the BJP and its ideological parent RSS and students’ wing ABVP for their support to the CAB.

Along with BJP-RSS, the students also banned entry of all other parties, organisations and leaders, who have supported the CAB, into the varsity campus, he said.

The students of the varsity decided to hold a general strike on the campus from 11 am on December 6 against the CAB.

CUSU general secretary Rahul Bordoloi has called upon all sections of people cutting across party line to join the anti-CAB agitation.

The students have also threatened to gheraow the state BJP headquarters in Guwahati if the Bill is not discarded.

The CUSU leader further said that they have launched a signature campaign against the Bill and they would send 5000 letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking scrapping of the Bill.

The Cotton University students have also planned to organise a cultural event to protest the Bill.

Launching tirade against Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, former CUSU general secretary Jintu Thakuriya said they would file FIR against Sarma for chanting ‘pro-Bangladesh’ slogans in floor of the Assembly.

He also slammed chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and industry and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary for their ‘silence’ over the issue.

“They have played with the sentiments of the Assamese people. Their entry in the public places should be completely banned,” Thakuriya said.

The students condemned the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)’s stand on the bill.

“The role of AGP on the CAB is highly condemnable. The party should make its stand clear right away,” said Dwipjyoti Das, another CUSU general secretary.

The Centre is likely to introduce the bill during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

Anirban Pathak

Anirban Pathak is a Senior News Producer of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: anirbanpathak57@gmail.com