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Arup Borbora challenges Sonowal, Shah to debate on CAA
A Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Dec 25 - Continuing the mass stir and in an effort to take the democratic agitation to the rural people, the AASU, AJYCP and the Brihattar Asomiya Mahila Mancha along with many local organisations convened a mass protest programme at Mahmari Kathalguri area of Duliajan constituency today.

 Taking part in the mass protest, advocate of Gauhati High Court and the chief convener of Anchalikatabad Suraksha Mancha, Arup Borbora challenged Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to have a debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act on any news channel. “Those who are in power, previously thought that the anti-CAA protest was confined to Assam only. But as the protests against the contentious Act has geared up throughout the country, they (BJP) now have started to play the game of temptations. The State government has declared different packages for different communities of Assam. They forgot that now Assam is fighting against CAA not as a single person of a community, but now everyone has started fighting as an Assamese,” Borbora said. He urged the people of Assam for a continuous democratic peaceful agitation. The senior advocate and eminent intellectual also mentioned that “we have to continue our democratic movement till we have thrown out the BJP from Assam. Our movement needs to continue,” he said.

Addressing the people, the convener of Jatiya Ganachetana Mancha, Asom, Bulon Kumar Saikia said that we need a long-time strategy and practical thinking to tackle this situation. Everyone needs to keep an eye on the leadership of the ongoing protests so that mere emotions don’t drive the protests. Dr Satyakam Barthakur, Director of Journalism and Mass Communication Study Centre, Dibrugarh University said the cells in our State do not have enough space to confine us around four walls.

AJYCP central vice president Ranjit Changmai slammed the BJP government for forcefully enacting CAA. Eminent folk artist and singer Lohit Gogoi and AASU central cultural secretary Anil Gogoi also criticised Chef Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Atul Bora among others who supported CAA terming them as traitors of Assam. The artists of Pathar cultural group performed a recital programme opposing CAA at the protest venue.

Cultural night prog dropped: In view of the recent Statewide protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) Duliajan unit has decided to withdraw cultural night and cultural competitions from their establishment day celebrations. The AAGSU Duliajan unit will celebrate its 44th establishment day from tomorrow (December 26) with a two-day schedule at Duliajan Bihutoli premises. But as the anti-CAA stir is going on throughout the State, the AAGSU has decided to withdraw the cultural night from December 27 programme.

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