KOKRAJHAR, May 23 - Along with rest of the State, Kokrajhar district committee of the Indian National Congress (INC) under the leadership of Biswajit Ray, general secretary of APCC and in-charge of Kokrajhar district committee, today organised a protest rally in Kokrajhar town against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
A good number of party workers joined the rally with different posters, banners and shouted slogans against the Bill. The rally started from Kokrajhar district Congress committee office and culminated at DC Office, Kokrajhar.
Addressing the rally, Ray said that the proposed Bill will affect the lives of more than 3 crore population of Assam.
He also said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, would defeat the very purpose of the NRC and it would be a complete turnaround to the historic Assam Accord of 1985.
“It is pertinent to mention that after the Assam Accord, the people of the State irrespective of cast, creed, community and religion have been living in peace and harmony. The proposed Bill is going to destroy the basic principle of the State Re-organisation Act, 1956, which was enacted on the recommendations of the State Re-organisation Commission of 1953, constituted by the Union government under which States were created on linguistic basis,” he said.
The rally was attended by Bimal Mandal, PC Jha and other senior Congress workers of Kokrajhar. They also submitted a memorandum to the chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill through the deputy commissioner of Kokrajhar.