Massive protest against Citizenship Amendment Act continues in Lakhimpur
LAKHIMPUR: Extensive protest opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) continues across Lakhimpur district. Lakhimpur District Bar Association took out a protest rally in North Lakhimpur town on Friday opposing the contentious Act and demanding its scrapping. The lawyers then expressed their resentment regarding the issue by staging dharna in front of the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner’s office. The Bar Association submitted a memorandum to the President of India demanding the scrapping of the Act.
Similarly, the Assam Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (Veterinary Faculty), Lakhimpur Chapter, Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science staged protest demanding the scrapping of controversial Act. In support of their demand, the members of the Association initiated a two-hour-long sit-in in front of the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner’s office from 11 am to 1 pm. Joint secretary of the Association, Dr. Sanjib Khargharia opined that such a controversial act which had brought a fear of threat to the Assamese community should not be enforced in the State.
The Boginadi Mahila Samaj also protested against the CAA organizing a unique programme in the Boginadi center on Friday. Hundreds of women of the larger area initiated naam-kirtan so that the governments at the Centre and in the State decide to scrap the Act.
On the other hand, several hundreds of Congress workers of Dhakuakhana staged their protest against the Act on Thursday by initiating sit-in near Gandhi Maidan. Senior Congress leader Mukul Gogoi, Lalitya Kumar Das and Dhakuakhana Block Congress secretary Tarun Chetia severely criticized the Central and State governments for imposing the Act in Assam ‘forcefully’.
On the same day, the Dhakuakhana subdivisional unit of the Tai Ahom Students’ Union also initiated stir against the Act near the Dhakuakhana MV School premises. During their demonstration, the activists of the organization and the common people displayed anti-CAA placards and shouted slogans slamming the Union and State governments. Dhakuakhana Mohkuma Mohila Samiti president Manju Gogoi, Mihir Chetia from PCPD and ATASU State executive member Prema Kumar Gogoi severely criticized both governments for passing the Act.