GUWAHATI, May 30 - Stepping up their protest against the move to amend the Citizenship Act, hundreds of activists under the banner of Asom Andolan Sangrami Manch today took out a march from Ganesh Udyan at Ganeshguri.
The activists, led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, waved placards and shouted slogans against the government as they began their march to Raj Bhavan at 11 am. Former MP Kumar Deepak Das, pro-talks ULFA leader Anup Chetia and other prominent citizens took part in the procession.
“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is unconstitutional. As the constitutional head of the state, it is the duty of the Governor to safeguard the constitution. That is why we have decided to march to Raj Bhavan,” Mahanta said.
The activists were, however, not allowed to proceed from Christianbasti by security personnel. Later, the protesters handed over a memorandum to the Governor through a magistrate.
“A volatile situation prevails in Assam for fear that the indigenous people may be reduced to a minority on their own land due to unabated aggression of foreign nationals. It is absurd that the Central government is silent to the aggression to its sovereignty and instead is introducing a Bill to protect and shelter the aggressors,” the memorandum stated. It added that the Bill nullifies the provisions of the Assam Accord and is in contravention to the very basic principle of the Constitution of India.
“In the name of religion, no sympathetic consideration can be accepted under the Constitution and such a Bill, even if it is passed, will be held unconstitutional and unsustainable in law,” the memorandum added.