GUWAHATI: Residents from more than 80 villages in Dibrugarh district of Assam donated 45,000 kg of paddy and Rs 80,000 in cash towards funds that will help in driving the anti-CAA campaign led by AASU and its allies.
A donation drive in the area is going on for the past two weeks. Each household contributes 4 kg of paddy. The ones who could not do that paid cash as a contribution.
According to AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, the paddy will be auctioned to raise money for the anti-CAA campaign. He called the gesture of the villagers "priceless."
“The anti-CAA agitation in Assam is based on strong logic and conscience, not only on emotion or sentiment,” said AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi in Dhemaji on Thursday.
He asserted that the anti-Assamese and divisive forces which were trying to disrupt the unity and integration of the State by hatching a conspiracy to destroy the Aair Mukhar Maat (mother language) and Aair Mukhar Bhat (livelihood), would be challenged with the strength of the people of the State.
CAA aims to protect religiously persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan by giving them Indian Citizenship. The cut-off date for those to be given citizenship in India has been fixed at, on or before 31st December 2014.