ITANAGAR: Following the North East Students’ Organization’s (NESO) call against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Sunday announced a dawn-to-dusk 11-hour bandh call in the State on December 10.
Addressing the media at the Arunachal Press Club (APC) here, AAPSU vice-president Meje Taku said, that the Central government is adamant on tabling CAB in the Parliament even as the entire north-eastern region is against the Bill.
The announcement for the bandh call came after a series of meetings between NESO and the students’ organizations of all the eight States of the Northeast, he informed.
“This Bill will not only grant citizenship to all those who are illegally settled in the Northeast region, but also give a chance to the Bangladeshi refugees to enter the region and come here for good,” said Taku.
Since, the Hornbill Festival is underway; the Nagaland State has been exempted from the shutdown, informed Taku, adding that the milk van, ambulance, paramilitary and media person, magistrates on duty, and police vehicles would be exempted from the purview of the bandh call.
Stating that just because the BJP has the numbers in the Lok Sabha they cannot impose any Act on the people of North East, AAPSU said, adding “The North East is not the dumping ground of illegal Bangladeshis.
Appreciating the decision of Chief Minister Pema Khandu for clearly opposing CAB, Taku further informed that they have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah against the Bill but the Central government is adamant to table the same in the ongoing session of the Parliament.
Earlier, the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) — an umbrella organisation of eight student bodies of the north-eastern region — launched protest marches across the region. (IANS)