Amended Citizenship Act
GUWAHATI: AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) adviser-in-chief Samujjal Bhattacharya has said that the Central government has added insult to injury to the people of Assam and the Northeast in general by bringing into force the amended Citizenship Act.
“By issuing the notification implementing the CAA, the BJP government has insulted the people of Assam and the Northeast yet again, besides doing an injustice to them,” said Bhattacharya before the media on Saturday.
He further said, “It was on January 9, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shan on the situation arising out of the anti-CAA agitation in Assam. The CAA came into effect the very next day, i.e., on January 10. This makes it amply clear that both Sonowal and Sarma extended their support to the notification implementing the Act. We, however, have only one reply: We won’t accept the CAA. We’ve been agitating against the Act, and will continue to oppose it. The BJP wants Hindu Bangladeshi votes. They’re not at all concerned over the identity of Assam and the Northeast. The party has no respect for the sentiment of the indigenous people of the Northeast.”
AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “Having a comfortable strength in the Parliament, the BJP government doesn’t give any importance to the anti-CAA protest in Assam and the Northeast. Along with the BJP, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been making fun of the protest against the CAA. We, however, appeal to the people of the State not to be frustrated. We’ll go ahead with our non-violent protest against the injustice meted out to us by the Centre.”
NESO (North East Students’ Organization) secretary general Sinam Prakash said, “Only to safeguard illegal Bangladehis the BJP government passed the CAB and then brought the CAA into effect. All these are insults and injustice to us. That, however, won’t stop the NESO from going ahead with its agitation against the CAA in the region.”