Students from various colleges of Assam on Friday registered protest against the contentious CAB, which is scheduled to be introduced in the Parliament on Monday.
The joint protest organised by Cotton University in Guwahati was named ‘Ronohungkar’ (War Cry) and thousands of people including students, intellectuals, artists, and social scientists joined and voiced their opinion.
The BJP-led government in the Centre and the state were lambasted by the protesters.
They demanded that the government should immediately withdraw the Bill and scrap it for the larger interests of the people of Assam and the Northeast.
“This is a war to protect our motherland from the illegal foreigners,” the protestors said.
“This is a war against the BJP,’ said Cotton University Students’ Union (CUSU) general secretary Hirak Jyoti Bora.
Bora said the BJP may have the majority in the Parliament, but it is the people who have the majority in the state.
“We voted for the BJP and the party should know that it’s not just the student fraternity but the entire Assam is standing against CAB,” Bora said.
“Our protests will continue even if the Bill is passed. We will never accept CAB,” Bora reiterated.
The student leader warned of rigorous protests in the future if the Bill is not scrapped.
Eminent social scientist Hiren Gohain was one of the prominent personalities who participated in the protest at Cotton University on Friday.
“This agitation by the students will create awareness among the people about CAB,” Gohain said.
“The BJP government doesn’t understand the language of protests or logic,” he added.
“The hopes and aspirations of the various ethnic communities of the state are also not understood by the BJP,” he reiterated.
On the call of CUSU, the students of Dibrugarh University also came out in protest against CAB and lashed out against the Centre and the state government.