DIBRUGARH, Dec 20 - Lawyers here have urged the President of India not to give effect to the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and demanded its immediate withdrawal, putting forth argument that the new amended Act stands against the fundamental secular principle of the Constitution of the country and further attempts to make the historic Assam Accord redundant.
The lawyers under the banner of Dibrugarh Bar Association took out a procession from Dibrugarh Bar to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to register their protest against the controversial Act. The protest march was led by the association’s president Ajit Borgohain and its secretary Satyabrata Sarma. The lawyers in full uniform held placards and banners as they marched towards the DC office via Mancotta Road. Their core demand was that the CAA must be withdrawn.
In a memorandum submitted to the President of India through the district administration, the Dibrugarh Bar Association stated that the indigenous people of Assam were all throughout protesting against Citizenship Amendment Bill and nurtured a feeling that the Central government would acknowledge the sentiments of the Assamese people and considering the same keep the Bill in abeyance or alternately, withdraw the same. However, for reasons best known to it, the government proceeded with the same and passed the Bill. The Act is a threat to the culture and very existence of the indigenous people of Assam and has hurt the Assamese sentiments. The amended Act belittles the Assam Accord, the legality of which was acknowledged by the Supreme Court, and on the basis of which the NRC was published for Assam. The Act laid down new criteria for citizenship which has destroyed the fundamental secular principle of the Constitution and thus thrashed the basic structure of the Constitution of India, the association mentioned in the memorandum and petitioned the President of India not to give effect to the Act and prayed for its withdrawal.
Satyabrata Sarma, secretary, Dibrugarh Bar Association told newsmen that the lawyers’ fraternity has been protesting against the amendment Act since it was in the Bill form and will continue to oppose till the Act is withdrawn.
Jorhat Staff Correspondent adds: Protest against the CAA continued here today with lawyers of Jorhat Bar Association coming out in large numbers and staging a protest in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office complex.
They held posters and banners demanding withdrawal of the Act. The lawyers submitted a memorandum to the President of India, through the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office, seeking removal of CAA.
The JBA’s action was in response to the call given by All Assam Lawyers’ Association to all bar associations of the State affiliated to AALA, to stage protest against the CAA and send memoranda to the President of India to take back the Act.
Earlier, the students of Prerona, the school for differently-abled children at Cinnamara outskirts here, took out a rally from the Jorhat Stadium to the entrance of Jorhat DC’s office to lodge their protest.
A Correspondent adds from Nagaon: Members of the Nagaon Bar Association today took out a rally in protest of newly amended citizenship law here at Nagaon town from its district office and urged the government to scrap the Act as it would go against the indigenous Assamese people in the State itself.
Around 600 law practitioners including senior advocates joined hands at the rally which traversed through the town.
Subsequently, the public prosecutors body led by its president and general secretary, Abdul Hashem Khandakar and Ajit Kumar Bora respectively, submitted a memorandum to the President of India, Ramnath Kovind through the Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon where the lawyers’ community stated that the Act will jeopardise the interest of the people belonging to the State of Assam and after coming into force of the Act, the demographic pattern of the State will be automatically changed and will be a fatal blow to the people of Assam.
Morigaon Correspondent adds: Hundreds of lawyers under the banner of Morigaon Bar Association took out a protest rally at Morigaon town demanding the repeal of the CAA. Several senior citizens, members of Morigaon Zila Tarani Sangha also took part in the protest march. The agitated lawyers boycotting the court staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Court. Later, they handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner addressed to President of India demanding the repeal of the CAA.
Meanwhile, the Morigaon AJYCP resorted to awareness rallies from village to village of the district whereby they created awareness among the village people about the sectarian CAA.
On the other hand, the ruling BJP has planned to hold a peace rally on December 27 in Morigaon district. Informing this, BJP sources said the party’s rank and file will create awareness about the CAA and mobilise support for the CAA in the district.
Udalguri Correspondent adds: The members of the Udalguri Bar Association today brought out a procession around the court premises with banners and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India demanding withdrawal of the CAA in the greater interest of the State. Earlier, the members of the bar association staged a two-hour dharna at the Bar office premises which was addressed by Phani Sutradhar, president of the lawyers organisation.
ANN Service adds from Sivasagar: Over a hundred lawyers of the Sivasagar Bar Association, led by Diganta Mangal Neog, the secretary, also carried out a sit-in demonstration outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office today extending their support to the AASU-led movement for scrapping the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. Senior advocate Ajit Borpujari, president, Sivasagar Bar Association, presided over the meeting held on the occasion.
Our Mangaldai Correspondent adds: Hundreds of members of the Mangaldai Bar Association on Friday took to the streets against the CAA. The protesting lawyers shouted slogans against the contentious Act and also against the BJP government while moving through the main streets of Mangaldai town.