LAKHIMPUR, May 24: “At a time when the ongoing NRC update process is about to completed as an outcome of the historic Assam Movement, the BJP government in the Centre is planning to destroy the age-old communal harmony, integrity, peace and solidarity in Assam by taking initiatives to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The controversial Bill is a vulgar conspiracy against the much expected NRC update process in the State which is being regarded as constitutional safeguard for the indigenous people of Assam,” said leaders of the Lakhimpur unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). Activists of the Lakhimpur district unit of AJYCP staged a strong protest against the Bill in North Lakhimpur town on Thursday. Led by the organization, the activists of 21 other organizations of the district, including Bengali Federation, Marwari Yuva Manch, Chambers of Commerce, AAMSU, MASS, KMSS, Muslim Gana Mancha, AKRSU and Unemployed Association, and thousands of common people from different parts of district spontaneously joined the protest.
Commercial institutions of the whole town were closed during the protest programme from 11 am to 1 pm. The protesters, covering the town, took out a protest rally shouting slogans against the controversial Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Then they assembled in front of the DC office and submitted a memorandum to the chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) through the Lakhimpur DC.
“We, the people of Lakhimpur and the district unit of AJYCP vehemently condemn the conspiracy hatched by the Union government in order to rehabilitate the Hindu foreigners by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, thereby causing tremendous threat to the demographical, cultural structure of the Assamese and the existence of the indigenous groups of the State. We never allow Assam to turn to be the dumping ground for the illegal foreigners who came to this land after March 24, 1972,” stated the memorandum.
The organization also stated in the memorandum that Assam had become the victim of dirty parliamentary politics of India again and again and asked the government not to frame any plan to destroy the Assamese civilization by rehabilitating the foreigners, discriminating them on the basis of religion.
JORHAT: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) heavy weights led by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Rakibul Hussain Dip Gogoi, president of Jorhat district Congress committee, Brojen Handique, general secretary of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, Rana Goswami, general secretary of Assam India Nikhil Bharat Congress Committee and MLA Mariani Rupjyoti Kurmi and Block Congress president Putul Burahgohain stormed the streets of Jorhat city on Thursday. The rally, which started from the District Library premises, passed through the main thoroughfares of Jorhat city and later culminated in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.