Staff Correspondent DIBRUGARH, Feb 13 - Several hundreds of people staging protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today burst into joy after the controversial Bill could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
Congress workers of Tezpur celebrating after the BJP failed to move Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha, at Tezpur on Wednesday. – UB Photos
The city here was witness to at least three separate demonstrations near the office of the Deputy Commissioner amid deployment of huge police and CRPF personnel. The protestors who had blocked the Mancotta Road near the DC’s office had said that the people of Assam would lay down lives but will not accept the Bill.
The first demonstration was staged by representatives of some 19 organisations. Those who took part in the demonstration included members from Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Sonowal Kachari Yuva Parishad, Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti, Chah Shramik Mukti Sangram Samiti, Sadou Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Sanmilan, Sanmilito Asomiya Yuva Shakti, Scheduled Caste Sangrami Yuva Parishad, Sadou Asom Mottock Yuva Chatra Sanstha, Sadou Asom Muslim Yuva Parishad, Scheduled Caste Yuva Chatra Parishad, Nagorikoto Ain Sonkhudhoni Virodhi Manch, Brihotor Asomiya-Bengali Sanmilita Yuva Manch, Sonowal Kachari Gana Manch, Tribal Sangha, All Assam Minorities Students’ Union, Asom Sangrami Mancha, Chetana Sanmilito Pragatisheel Nari Mancha.
The district unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) also staged demonstration near the office of the Deputy Commissioner. However, minutes later they burst into celebration after learning that the Bill could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
Similarly, hundreds of protestors turned up under the banner Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti from different parts of the district to stage protest against the Citizenship Bill. The KMSS activists had made up their mind to stage a sit-in demonstration till the conclusion of Rajya Sabha session. However, after learning that the contentious Bill could not be passed and Rajya Sabha was adjourned for indefinite period, the crowd called off the demonstration. A few members from the crowd were seen jumping and screaming with joy. As they dispersed from the site, they rejoiced by dancing and singing.
Congress leader Paban Singh Ghatowar too congratulated the ‘sangrami raij’ (agitating people) of the State for the initial scuttling of the controversial Bill in Parliament.
Our Tezpur Correspondent adds: As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was ultimately not tabled in the Rajya Sabha, different organisations across the State celebrated ‘vijay ullas’ today.
Tezpur also was no exception. On receiving the information that the controversial Bill was not tabled in the upper house (Rajya Sabha), different organisations who had opposed CAB including the Tezpur unit of AJYCP, AASU, Nagorikta Sansodhoni Bidheyok Birudhi Gana Mancha, KMSS and Sonitpur District Congress Committee celebrated ‘vijay ullas’ by burning fire crackers. Expressing their delight, the organisations mentioned that it is a great victory for the indigenous people of the region and in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the people of the region will give a fitting reply to the BJP for going against the interest of the indigenous people of the region.
Our Staff Correspondent adds from Silchar: People belonging to various indigenous associations in Barak Valley wer euphoric after the much-hyped Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 failed to get the nod in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Upper House was adjourned sine die owing to repeated disruptions by the Opposition.
Meanwhile, along with the rest of the state, representatives of the Assam Indigenous People Protection Committee assembled near the zero point on the East West corridor and burst crackers to give vent to their joy over the failure of the Government to get the Bill passed. “This is the result of the continuous protests we and people of the State have been pitching in against this disastrous Bill,” echoed the people.
On the other hand, sharing her thoughts with The Assam Tribune, Congress MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev said, “BJP brought a bill that does not help the Hindus one inch since they have to prove they are foreigners and it also betrays the Constitution as it is not a secular bill.”
On the other hand, BJP state spokesperson Dr Rajdeep Roy has blamed the Congress for ‘killing the Bill.’ In his words, despite the odds in Rajya Sabha, the Government tried its best to fulfill its commitment made to the people of the country. He added to say that this would be accomplished once the BJP returns to power after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
A correspondent adds from Nagaon: The district units of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) celebrated a day of victory today separately with crackers here in Nagaon after the BJP-led government failed to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Soon after Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die, hundreds of members of both the organisations assembled in front of their own district offices situated at Nehrubali and at Nagaon Natun bazaar and burst crackers. They also termed it as a victory of the indigenous Assamese people.
Earlier in the morning, strongly opposing the proposed bill, thousands of students of Nagaon Industrial Training Institution (ITI) and Nowgong Poly Technic led by district body of AJYCP came out and participated in a protest rally throughout Nagaon town. The agitators held various banners, placards written in blood against the proposed bill as well as the saffron party.