Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act continue in Numaligarh
Numaligarh: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 continue in Numaligarh. Social organizations, students and common people have been holding rallies, protest meetings and dharnas across various places in Golaghat district.
The Senior Citizens’ Forum of Morangi region staged dharna in presence of more than a hundred protesters near NH-39 at Purabangla on Monday afternoon. The senior citizens urged the government to scrap the CAA at any cost. The protesters made it clear that this CAA would put the future of their children and grandchildren at stake.
Padmeswar Bora, the president of the Senior Citizens’ Forum of Morangi region, said, “We have seen and also taken active part in the Assam Agitation. History says that arrogance lead to downfall. Those sitting in power now are acting blind and deaf and the greed for power has made them so.”
A senior citizen, while advising the government, said, “It’s never too late. Stand for your people and your people will forgive you. We want to see a peaceful and prosperous Assam with bright future.”
Other social organizations of the region also participated and supported the protest of the senior citizens. Morangi AASU unit also staged a dharna near NH-39 at Doigrung market area on the same day. Hundreds of AASU activists along with students, women and common people staged protest against the CAA.
On the other hand, under the banner of the SMSS (I) or Saah Mukti Sangram Samiti (independent), hundreds of tea tribe people from the Morangi tea estate came out to protest against the CAA. In a unique way, the protesters burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a floating boat made out of banana tree. They also performed certain rituals and also immersed representative copies of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the Dhansiri River.
The AJYCP Paschim Morangi unit created awareness against the CAA amongst the villages. One of the AJYCP leaders of the unit said, “We have to make the people of the villages aware about the ill-effects of the CAA upon our culture and language. This Act will certainly threat the very existence of the Assamese people and we have to stand against it.”
On Tuesday, a massive protest against the CAA was also staged at Bokakhat. Thousands of people gathered to raise their voice against the CAA. AJYCP leader Polash Changmai was present and addressed the gathering. He urged the people to stay united and to continue the protest in a peaceful and democratic way. Famous singer Bipin Chaudang was also present in the protest and sang many songs related to patriotism and martyrdom.
The Bokakhat AASU also organized a massive anti-CAA protest with participation of artistes and local people recently. People and artistes voiced their opposition to the CAA with songs and poems. On the other hand, in an anti-CAA protest, minister Atul Bora, who is also the local legislator of the Bokakhat constituency, was banned in his own constituency by protesters. A large number of women protesters took part in the protest at Bokakhat.