Protests rock Assam as JPC on citizenship bill tabled in Parliament

Protests rock Assam as JPC on citizenship bill tabled in Parliament

Agency News

Guwahati, Jan 7: Protests erupted across Assam today as the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, submitted its report in both Houses of Parliament, with a dawn-to-dusk statewide bandh called jointly tomorrow by more than 100 organisations and supported by ruling coalition partner Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and main Opposition party Congress.

Students and civil society organizations took the lead in the protests, including in main city Guwahati, as copies of the Bill were burnt, black flags hoisted and processions taken out to register opposition to the Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities of select neighbouring countries.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) observed ‘black day’ today against the decision of the JPC to submit its report in the Parliament, pointing that the panel had assured of re-visiting Assam to collect public opinion before submitting its report. Copies of the Bill were burnt by AASU activities in different parts of the state.

Activists of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) observed ‘Hatred day’ and hoisted black flags in different parts of the state, including in front of the chief minister’s residence at Dibrugarh.

A sit-demonstration was carried out by leading citizens of the state in Guwahati, while a procession was taken out by Left parties against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Meanwhile, an 11-hour statewide bandh has been called from tomorrow morning 0500 hours by AASU against the move to enact the Bill.

The AASU’s bandh call has been supported by 30 associate organizations of AASU and North East Students Organisation (NESO), with the NESO also calling for a similar bandh across North Eastern region.

The bandh has also been supported by KMSS and 70 other organizations, besides AGP, which is a partner in the BJP-led coalition government in the state, and main Opposition party Congress. (UNI)