Staff Correspondent JORHAT, May 16 - AJYCP activists led by its state president Putul Dutta and general secretary Polash Sangmai today took out a massive rally in Jorhat town and later held a protest meeting in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on the AT Road to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill has been brought by the BJP-led government at the Centre to grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshi migrants.
Activists of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) taking out a protest rally against the Citizenship Bill in Jorhat, on Wednesday. - UB Photos
The rally, attended by the leaders and the members of several other students’ and social organisations including AASU, is part of AJYCP’s protest programme being carried out across the state to oppose the Bill.
The protesters held posters and banners and shouted slogans against the Narendra Modi-led government for planning to settle illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in the state.
Sangmai, while addressing the gathering, came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led government and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for not “listening to “mass people’s voices” who have been vehemently opposing the Bill that will be detrimental to the existence of the Assamese society.
“Our society having a treasure-house of varied cultural practices and customs of the various indigenous groups since ages back will be in grave danger of being wiped out if the Bill is enacted” Sangmai said.
He said that the organisation will fight tooth and nail against the Centre’s bid to settle illegal migrants from the neighbouring country into Assam, which was “already overburdened” with illegal Bangladesh immigrants.
The AJYCP leader said that mass migration through the porous border over the past several decades has already changed the demographic pattern of Assam.
He said that the AJYCP was totally against classifying illegal migrants on the basis of religion.
“We want the Assam Accord provision to be followed in this regard under which those migrants from Bangladesh who migrated till March 25, 1971 to Assam will be accepted as Indian citizens,” Sangmai said.
The President of Jorhat Press Club Niranjan Mahanta and former assistant general secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha Samiran Bordoloi too addressed the crowd.