Students’ body to take out mass rally

Citizenship Amendment Bill

A Correspondent
Dibrugarh, May 16: Members of All Moran Students’ Union (AMSU), in a meeting held at their central office at Tinsukia on Tuesday, took a strong stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. In a press release issued by the organization, the members said that AMSU would mobilize as many as 1 lakh citizens, apart from consolidating a slew of members from various indigenous organizations to register their stiff opposition to the bill. All the groups would then submit separate memoranda to the Joint Parliamentary Committee, President, Prime Minister, Home Minister and respective Governors as well as Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The members of AMSU opined that since the bill could bring grave consequences for the people of Assam as well as Northeast, AMSU would bring together scores of people representing various groups, including women-centric organizations, self-help groups, sports associations, and social and educational organizations on May 23 and take out a rally before submitting the memoranda through the Deputy Commissioner. In the press communiqué, the members called for cancellation of the bill, and asserted that such a bill was against the interests of the region, as well as the secular fabric of the country. Moreover, several organizations, including Sonowal Kachari Ganamancha and Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha, held mass signature and mass protest campaigns in Dibrugarh on Monday. All the organizations called for immediate revocation of the bill, while slamming BJP for introducing such a bill in the first place. ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa also participated in the protests. On the same day, AASU registered its grievance against the bill by holding a torchlight rally in the evening.