TANGLA: With the Centre trying to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the ongoing winter session of Parliament, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and its allied organizations have intensified their stir.
The Tangla chapter of AASU along with activists of All Rabha Students’ Union (ARSU) and All Assam Sarania Kachari Students’ Union (AASKSU) took out a motorcycle rally in protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Tangla town in Udalguri district on Monday. More than 100 motorcycles were part of the rally which started from Tangla HS playground and passed through the main thoroughfares of Tangla town and culminated at Tangla Charali of Udalguri. The protesters raised slogans against the government and also burned effigies symbolizing the BJP and its ally political parties of the Assam Government - the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). The gathering was addressed by Tangla chapter AASU president, Pranjal Deka and assistant general secretary of the central committee AASU, Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharjya. The speakers termed the bill as an attempt to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of the State.
“It is a threat to our State and region. We oppose the Bill tooth and nail and it is a clear attempt of turning the indigenous people into minority in their own land,” said Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharjya. He further said, “The present BJP government before coming to power had promised that it will oust the illegal foreigners irrespective of religion and now it has changed its tune and is attempting to extend citizenship beyond the cut-off date of March 24, 1971 which is not acceptable because the State of Assam is already overburdened with huge influx of foreign nationals from Bangladesh causing serious economic, social stress and identity crisis and posing threat to the existence of indigenous communities of Assam.”
“In the name of providing protection to indigenous people interpreting Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, the government wants to bring in foreign immigrants, which is quite bizarre and we will never tolerate and accept this,” he added.
Tangla chapter AASU president Pranjal Deka said, “We dare the government to bring the bill in Assam if it wants to see turmoil in the State which will be catastrophic with much larger intensity and magnitude than the historic Assam Movement where 855 martyrs sacrificed their lives.”