DOOMDOOMA: “We artistes have come forward to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Act along with the people in this hour of crisis of the very existence of Assamese nationality, keeping aside our cultural activities. The government should not underestimate our capabilities as we too have brains,” said noted artiste Manash-Rabin while addressing the ‘Thunderous Uproar’ organized at Rupaisiding to oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Sunday.
On the other hand, columnist, social worker and advocate Arup Borbora said, “We must identify our enemies and ‘Bibhisans’ in our current struggle.” He was implying the BJP government and AGP leaders who had betrayed the people. He also exhorted the tea-tribes community not to fall prey to BJP’s policy of allurement.
“Instead, ask the government which wanted to discontinue your ration to pass an Act to enhance your daily wage to Rs 320,” he said. On Himanta Biswa Sarma’s ‘misinformation’ campaign about the Assam Accord, he said that his (Borbora’s) open challenge to him for a public debate on this in any news channels of the State for just 20 minutes was cleverly shunned by the minister.
Citing the pitiable condition of BJP leaders who use helicopters to even travel a distance of five kilometres just to avoid public wreath, he said that BJP president Ranjit Das’ claim of having 30 lakh members was proved false now in the face of strong protest all over Assam. In the aftermath of closing down of internet service, the younger generation of Assam gave them a fitting reply through social media, he said.
AJYCP secretary Palash Changmai in his address pointed out BJP’s diktat to news channels to invite at least two of their members for talk shows. The meeting was also addressed by former minister Jagadish Bhuyan, Gyanshri Bora, a student of Dibrugarh University, Purnanda Buragohain of Muttack Yuba-Chatra Sanmilan and Binoy Dubey, president of AASU Tinsukia District Committee.
All the speakers exhorted the people to be prepared for a long-drawn agitation to dislodge the BJP government from the seat of power when the time came.