GUWAHATI, May 17 - A meeting of the Forum Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (Nagarikatwa Aain Sangshodhan Birodhi Mancha) and the Left-Democratic Forum Assam (Bao-Ganatantrik Mancha) today resolved to intensify the opposition to the Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu Bangladeshi migrants.
In a statement, the Forum said that the “communal, anti-Constitutional Bill,” which poses a serious threat to the State’s indigenous populace and cultures, would be defeated through a mass movement.
The Forum also held that the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration should be resolved on the basis of the Assam Accord which mandates that the illegal migrants from Bangladesh must be detected and deported on the basis of the all-accepted cut-off date of March 25, 1971 and without discriminating on the religious affiliation of the illegal migrants.
The meet was attended among others by Dr Hiren Gohain, Harekrishna Deka, Udayaditya Bharali, Manjit Mahanta, Deben Tamuli (all from the Forum Against Citizenship Amendment Bill) and Uddhab Barman, Ramani Barman, Deben Bhattacharya and Munin Mahanta (all from the Left-Democratic Forum).
The meeting appealed to all concerned to unite the people for a mass movement for safeguarding the State’s language, culture, etc., besides protecting the secular credentials of the Constitution of India. It also cautioned the people against falling prey to the “sinister communal agenda” of the BJP and the RSS.
The meet announced a sit-in demonstration in the city on May 29. On the same day, a memorandum will be submitted to the Chief Minister and the Leader of Opposition, urging them to convene a special session of the Assam Assembly and take a resolution against the Bill in the Assembly.