GUWAHATI: The AJYCP (Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad) has said that the more the State government takes measures to quell the agitation against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Bill), the more vigorous the agitation will be.
Addressing a press conference at Guwahati Press Club here on Thursday, AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai said, “Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal claiming to have community consciousness won’t work. Everything is clear before the people of the State now. The Chief Minister is scared of the anti-CAA agitation. Now he’s trying to blackmail the people of the State emotionally. He should stand with the people of the State even now.”
On the allegations of extending financial assistance to artistes and litterateurs of the State, Changmai said, “If the government is so concerned for the welfare of the artistes and litterateurs of the State, why didn’t it extend such financial assistance to them in the past four years when many of them had to die without getting proper treatment. The Chief Minister didn’t make any mistake. In fact, we made a mistake by voting the BJP to power. Our agitation is not of any organizations, it’s of the people of the State. The government is making every effort to quell the agitation. It wanted to give the agitation a communal colour, but failed. They also made an attempt to foil the agitation through the social media. However, that move too failed. If the Prime Minister comes to the State for Khelo India on January 10, he will have to face a challenging situation. We’ll protest the visit tooth and nail.”
AJYCP president Rana Pratap Baruah, on the other hand, spelt out the schedule of their agitation against the CAA. According to him, a torchlight procession will be taken out statewide on January 4, protest march by all district committees of the Parishad on January 8, black day on January 11 in the State, paying of tributes to all those martyred in the anti-CAA agitation and an all-religion prayer on that occasion on January 12 and a mass sit-in demonstration at Dispur Last Gate on January 13 when the State Assembly will have a special session.