Guwahati: The North East Students' Organisation (NESO) will hold protests on Wednesday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) across the latter's headquarters in the entire northeast region.
As per reports, the protest will also be held with the aim to draw attention to the prevailing situation in different regions of the north-eastern states.
Speaking on the same with the media, All Assam Students' Union (AASU) chief advisor, Samujjal Bhattacharya said the government needs to come out with a permanent solution to the illegal immigrant issues.
"NESO will hold a peaceful agitation at all its state headquarters tomorrow with an aim to fulfill their demands by solving the various socio-political issues which still have existed in the North-Eastern states," he added.
Bhattacharya further said that if there is no solution, even Assam might have to face the fate where the primary or the state language turns out to be secondary which was "seen in Tripura".
NESO will be staging demonstrations against some issues such as Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Armed Forces (Special Power) Act (AFSPA), etc.
In May this year, both NESO and AASU reiterated that they would never accept the CAA in Assam and other states in the Northeast.
Their statements came following Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement that the Centre would implement the CAA when the COVID-19 pandemic would relent.
In a joint statement, NESO chairman Samuel B Jywra, secretary-general Sinam Prakash Singh and adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said that the NESO will never accept the CAA.
''The Centre should scrap the Act. If implemented, it will affect all the northeastern states. It will reduce the indigenous people in the region to second-class citizens in their respective states. Already, many indigenous communities in the northeastern states are under threat. For the greater interest of the Northeast, we don't accept the CAA," they added.
Further AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Sankor Jyoti Baruah said that the Assam Accord should be the basis for the detection and deportation of foreigners in Assam.
They said that all those who had infiltrated Assam after March 25, 1971, were foreigners, irrespective of being Hindus or Muslims.
"Some political parties need Bangladeshi Hindu votes, and some parties need Bangladeshi Muslim votes. If the Centre imposes CAA on us, the Bangladeshi Hindus entering India till December 31, 2014, will be Indians. It is why we cannot accept the CAA. It will reduce us to a minority in our state," Dipanka Kumar Nath added.