GUWAHATI: A joint delegation of the leaders of the All Assam students’ Union (AASU) and North East Students Organisation (NESO) and another of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have already left for New Delhi to strengthen the political pressure groups against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Political analysts feel that the Centre will try to pass the Bill during the last two days of the Rajya Sabha session i.e., either on February 12 or 13. Against this backdrop, the moves of the students’ organizations and the regional party of the State assume significance. There is a likelihood of the Centre attempting to pass the Bill on February 12, political pundits said.
Talking to the media, AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said, “If the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha as the Centre is attempting to, it will spell disaster for the people of Assam in particular and the entire North East in general. There will be serious threats to the identity of the indigenous people of the region. The attempt of the Centre must be defeated. We are going to meet leaders of various political parties to ensure that they vote against the Bill in the Rajya Sabha when the situation arises.”
AGP president Atul Bora talking to The Sentinel said, “The motive of the Centre and the State Government is absolutely clear from the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Changsari on Saturday. Our objective is to build a strong lobby against the Bill by making the political parties to vote against it if it comes for voting in the Rajya Sabha, as many feel, during one of the last two days of the upper House of the Parliament.
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