DIBRUGARH, Dec 4 - The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) launched a midnight protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) last night as they staged a demonstration near the residence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and MLA Prasanta Phukan here.
The effigies of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, ministers – Himanta Biswa Sarma, Keshab Mahanta, Atul Bora, Phanibhusan Choudhury and MLA Prasanta Phukan, which were draped with women’s clothes, were hung in different places on streets before being set ablaze near the CM’s residence.
The protesting members from the district unit of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in association with a section of the students from Dibrugarh University also staged gherao of the residence of MLA Prasanta Phukan and later staged a demonstration at Chowkidinghee intersection at around 2 am, after talks between AASU and Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly failed last evening in New Delhi. “We stand opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Bill and we will not accept it” said Udipjyoti Gogoi, executive member, AASU and challenged leaders of the BJP and the AGP to have debate with AASU on CAB.
During the day, protest against the proposed CAB was organised by Nagorikoto Aain Sonkhudhon Virudhi Mancha and a few other organisations. The members of the protesting groups staged sit-in demonstration near Chowkidinghee intersection here. The organisations, which took part in the protest included Tai Ahom Chatra Sanstha, Tribal Sangha, Communist Party of India, Sonowal Kachari Chatra Sanstha, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Dibrugarh Mahila Parishad and a few others. The protestors demanded withdrawal of the Bill. They also pledged that in the event of passage of the Bill in Parliament, they would obstruct its implementation tooth and nail even if it costs them their lives.
Our Udalguri Correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the State, the Udalguri district committee of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged a three-hour sit-in demonstration in front of its office premises today here against the controversial CAB.
A correspondent adds from Nagaon: Soon after the Union Cabinet’s approval to the proposed CAB, 2016, the district bodies of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) staged a protest against the action of the Union Government.
Hundreds of agitators of the organisations this afternoon went on a rampage and burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah near the AJYCP’s district office at Nagaon Natun Bazaar and the AASU’s district office near Nehrubali in the town respectively.
During the agitation, activists of the district units of both the organisations shouted various slogans against the Union Government’s move on the fatal bill and strongly criticised the roles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the approval of the proposed bill. The agitators also criticised Chief Minister Sonowal, Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and the AGP leadership of Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta for the same.
The activists however promised that they would never abide by the proposed Bill by any means. The district bodies of both the organisations also confirmed that the district units would launch a series of agitational programmes separately against the initiative of the Union Government for the bill, in the district soon.
Our Jorhat Staff Correspondent adds: Activists of the Jorhat district unit of AJYCP today burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Gar-Ali here to protest against Centre's decision to pass Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
The protestors shouted slogans against the BJP-led Governments at the Centre and in Assam for going ahead to bring CAB against the wishes of “vast majority” of people of the State.
The protestors said they will be intensifying their opposition movement against CAB, 2016.
Our Doomdooma Correspondnet adds: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have intensified across the State after the Union Cabinet passed the bill in its meeting this morning. Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), the Doomdooma Regional Committee of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Assam Moran Students’ Union (AMSU), Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) and Bir Lachit Sena burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah at Doomdooma town. They also burnt the copy of the bill. All these organisations made it clear that under no circumstances they would accept the bill which would destroy the identity of the Assamese.
AJYCP Tinsukia District Committee president Surajit Moran, joint secretary Tomal Gupta, Doomdooma Regional Committee of AASU secretary Pratim Neog, AMSU Doomdooma Regional Committee president Joykanta Moran and the representative of ATTSA participated in this protest.
On the other hand, Margherita, Digboi, Pengeree-Bordumsa and Sadiya regional committees of AJYCP also staged protests in their respective areas against the bill.
Our North lakhimpur Correspondent adds: The North Lakhimpur AASU today took out a protest programme here against the way the present leaders in Assam government had left their people to the brink of extinction by supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill-2016 proposed by the Union Government.
The NL-AASU took out a procession wearing the photos of Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, State BJP president Ranjit Dass, coalition partner of the BJP-led government Atul Bora of the Asom Gana Parishad and Keshab Mahanta– who are also holding posts of Cabinet ministers with placards criticising their role in supporting the bill. They decried the AGP leaders for kneeling before the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), condemned Chief Minister Sonowal as a liar and Ranjit Dass as a modern Badan Borphukan. The slogan shouting AASU members later burnt the effigies of the leaders at the main traffic intersection of North Lakhimpur town.
Later in a press release, the president of NL-AASU Pranjeet Gogoi and secretary Punam Jyoti Buragohain said that the four misters including the Chief Minister had sent the Assamese language and culture to the cremation ground by supporting the CAB and the State BJP president was preparing the last rites. They also said that the AASU and the indigenous people of Assam would never allow these to happen and would continue to prevent CAB to become a law at any cost.