GUWAHATI: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) held a statewide rail blockade on Thursday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) 2019.
A protestor said, “The Bill violates the secular and federal character of the Indian Constitution. The BJP has broken their promises time and again with CAB dishonouring their prime maxim of Jati Mati Bheti. It is anti-Assamese culture, language and isentity.”
“The Central Government already passed CAB in the Lok Sabha and has been moved by the Rajya Sabha to pass it as an Act. However, the BJP has no majority at the Rajya Sabha and are waiting for any opportunity to pass the Bill”, commented AJYCP leader. “We re-appeal to CM Sarbananda Sonowal to withdraw the Bill. Upon our words, we will keep on protesting till it is scraped.”
As per an NF Railway press release, Rangiya – Murkongselek passenger was detained at Harisinga for one hour, Kamrup Express was detained for about one and half hour near Barpeta road, Murkongselek - Rangiya passenger was detained near Harmuti for about an hour, Mendipathar – Guwahati passenger was detained for about half an hour near Nolbari, Dekargaon – Murkongselek passenger was detained for about forty minutes near Dhemaji, Naharlagun – Guwahati Shatabdi Express was detained near Kamakhya for about 20 minutes, Rangiya – Dibrugarh Express was controlled for about 20 minutes at Lumding, Dibrugah – Delhi Brahmaputra Mail was detained at Chaparmukh for about 15 minutes, Dibrugah - Rangiya Express was controlled at Furketing for about 30 minutes, and lastly, Naharlagun – New Tinsukia Express was detained for about 50 minutes at Panitola. Normal running of trains was restored after withdrawal of blockade.
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