GUWAHATI, May 12: Those in Assam who are opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 but who did not get any opportunity to meet the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) during the recent hearing in the State and who also did not or could not send their views to the JPC opposing the Bill, can register their protest against the Bill even now. They can do so just by affixing their signatures on the sheet prepared by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to oppose the Bill through a signature campaign. The regional party will submit the sheet to the JPC to introduce it to the sentiments of the people of the State against the Bill.
The regional party started its signature campaign against the controversial Bill at Dighalipukhuripar in Guwahati on Saturday. The campaign got started in other parts of the State as well. Leaders of many organizations, writers, students, artistes and others affixed their signatures on the sheet prepared by the party.
The signature campaign will continue till May 30, 2018. The party has a target of 50 lakh signatures against the Bill. All booth-level, regional-level, LAC-level and district-level units of the party are set to hop from village to village to mobilize support against the Bill. The passage of the Bill, the AGP says, is set to spell disaster for the language, literature and culture of the State.
After the launch of the signature campaign in the city, AGP general secretaries Dr Kamala Kanta Kalita and Ramendra Narayan Kalita said that under no circumstances would the AGP allow the passage of the Bill in Parliament. They said at this crucial juncture the party will continue to be with the people of the State.
“Since the AGP’s is a politics in the interest of the people of Assam, under no circumstances will it compromise on anything that goes against the people of the State. The question of the party compromising on the Bill doesn’t arise,” Dr Kalita said, and added: “Assam is not a grazing ground for illegal Bangladeshis. Regardless of their religious identities, all those who entered Assam after March 25, 1971 from Bangladesh must go back to their country. The people of Assam stand by reason and sentiment. All decisions of the party will be in the interest of and with approval of the people of the State.”
Asom Yuva Parishad (AYP) president Sunil Deka said: “Come what may, we’re ready to foil the controversial Bill that’s set to spell doom for Assam.” The AYP is the youth wing of the AGP.