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Former Congress Minister Ardhendu Dey addressing at the protest site. Photo: Nikhil Mundra

Assam Nagorik Mancho staged a protest demonstration at Netaji Police Point on J K Kedia Road in Hojai on Tuesday afternoon.

This protest demonstration was mainly held in support of its three-point agenda.

The demands included safeguarding the 2014 voters’ list and accordingly include the names enlisted in it in the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

Secondly they demanded that in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update, all the names enlisted in the voters’ list 2014 should be included.

Thirdly, the organization demanded the non original residents of Assam could not be threatened in the name of original resident (O I).

Addressing the masses at the protest site, Dr Ardhendu Kumar Dey, Former Minister under Congress reign and president of Assam Nagorik Mancho, asserted that Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal has dual personality, as ‘in one side he is in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and on the other hand he gives assurance to All Assam Students Union (AASU) that this Bill will not be passed’.

“When the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) visited Assam in Guwahati through conspiracy one AASU became one hundred, one Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) became fifty, one Asom Jatiyatawadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) became fifty and a total of 200 organizations submitted memorandum against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and no time was left for the people who were in favour of the bill to submit their memorandum to JPC,” he added.

Photo: Nikhil Mundra

He further said if Narendra Modi can become Prime Minister in 2014 and Sarbanada Sonowal as Chief Minister of Assam in 2016 basing on this 2014 voters’ list, then why this voters’ list is not accepted and included in the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

“Our demand is to safeguard the voters’ list 2014 and include this in the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016,” he further reiterated.

He also slammed All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Supremo Badruddin Ajmal for ‘taking favours’ in business from the BJP government.

He also slammed KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi by saying that now he is raising voice to safeguard himself from any form of inquiry by government against him for his alleged encroachment of huge forest land at Kaziranga to establish his orchid park.

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