LAKHIMPUR: The wave of massive protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) rocked Dhemaji district on Thursday. Assembling at the Kachari Maidan and the nearby streets in the Dhemaji town, the mammoth gathering of over one lakh people unanimously demanded the BJP governments in the Centre and the State to scrap the controversial Act for the sake of the existence of the indigenous communities of the State, Assamese culture, literature and language.
Participating in the Gana Satyagraha, initiated by the district body of All Assam Students’ Union and thirty ethnic organizations, the enormous crowd of the protesters shook the environment by shouting slogans against CAA, BJP governments in the Centre and the State.
Notably, Dhemaji witnessed an undeclared bandh on the day on account of the Gana Satyagraha programme initiated opposing the CAA. The commercial institutions across the district and the plying of all kinds of the vehicle remained closed as a mark of support to the stir. The people of the district, irrespective of their castes and communities, professions and religion, ages and genders, even from the distant areas, spontaneously rushed to the Kachari Maidan on foot taking out protest rallies.
Participating in the agitation program, the dignitaries of the AASU and the anti-CAA organizations came down heavily against the Act and the government with regard to imposing the Act forcefully ignoring and ridiculing the mass protest across the Northeast region.
“We don’t accept the CAA. It must be scrapped. Assam will not shoulder the burden of more foreigners coming to the State after 1972, said AASU central committee vice president Chittaranjan Basumatary addressing the gathering.
In addition to him, AJYCP president Rana Pratap Baruah, ATASU joint secretary Monoj Gogoi, Sonowal Kachari Students’ Union president Debananda Chelleng, SC Students’ Union President Deba Das, Mising Senior Citizens’ Association legal adviser Sonadhar Patir, Dhemaji Bar Association president Keshab Chandra Sonowal Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah, general secretary Kalyan Gogoi delivered protest speeches in the programme severely criticizing the government for the passing of the Act going against the democracy and Constitution of India and Assam Accord. As per their declaration, the protest and agitation against the CAA, demanding its scrapping will be stronger, more intensified and extensive in the near future. The artistes of the district opposed the Act by singing revolutionary songs in the protest programme.
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