Thousands gather in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act at Naharkatia
NAHARKATIA: A massive protest was held at Kapohuwa in Assam’s Naharkatia town on Friday. Thousands of people from 8 different villages i.e, Bahani Gaon, Axomia Gaon, Hingimari Gaon, Majkopohua Gaon, Balimora, Gariabam, Kamar Gaon and Kenduguri gathered at the Naharkatia Joypur Kopohua playground to show their solidarity against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The protest was held under the aegis of Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad Assam (TAYPA) and several other organizations who are raising their voice against the Act.
Addressing the gathering, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Dibrugarh District president Bulbul Dutta stated that the CAA would not only crush the identity of the indigenous people but also mark them as second category citizens in their own land. He said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal did a great mistake by supporting CAA while dishonoring the Assam Accord. “It is very clear from our side that foreigner who came to Assam after 24 March 1971 will have to leave Assam whether Hindu or Muslim”, said Dutta.
Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Dibrugarh District Advisor Chandan Handique said, “BJP led government is playing dirty politics of divide and rule. They are trying to divide Assam’s indigenous people in the name of religion, community, and caste. We have to be cautious and raise our voice against this contentious Act strongly and defeat BJP in 2021.”
Later talking to media persons, TAYPA Naharkatia Sub-Divisional Committee President Ananta Phukan said Delhi was frightened to see the unity, strength, and courage of the indigenous people of Assam and the Northeast. “We the Tai Ahom believe in Saulong Sukafa’s model of Assam, we need to focus on the unity of indigenous Assamese people and with this unity, we can fight against this contentious Act until it is scrapped,” added Phukan.