TEZPUR: With the completion of one year of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), Sonitpur District Committee, supported by other indigenous organizations, launched the Gana Hunkar programme against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on Saturday at Tezpur Court Chariali, demanding the repeal of the Act. Traditional and folk musical instruments were played as a mark of protest.
Hundreds of protesters assembled in the streets and chanted slogans against the BJP-led government.
The protesters displayed placards and shouted slogans against the Act in public places, demanding its repeal and terming it as unconstitutional, communal, anti-indigenous and anti-Assam.
The Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019, passed the CAA. Earlier on December 9, 2019, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was tabled and passed in the Lok Sabha's winter session and then it got President Ram Nath Kovind's assent on December 12.
"We oppose the CAA tooth and nail, and want its complete withdrawal from the region. The controversial Act will definitely destroy the identity of the indigenous people of the State. It is a ploy of the Centre to destroy the identity of the greater Assamese society," the protesters said.
The student body also demanded justice for Sam Stafford, Dipanjal Das, Ishwar Nayak, Abdul Alim and Dwijendra Panging who were killed during the anti-CAA protests.