AASU Stages Another Round Of Hunger Strike Demanding Scraping Of Citizenship Bill

The members of AASU have been staging the hunger strike at every district and sub-divisional headquarters
The members of AASU have been staging the hunger strike at every district and sub-divisional headquarters

Highlights

  • AASU staged 10-hour-long hunger strike protest demanding scarping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across the State
  • Protesters demonstrated while performing naam prasanga at the Dibrugarh University
  • A delegation of students’ bodies of Northeast India called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 3rd, 2019

Guwahati, February 4, 2019

For the second time, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged a 10-hour-long statewide hunger strike on February 4th, 2019 across the state against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to grant Indian citizenship to immigrants by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

While the school going students staged a protest by singing patriotic songs in Tingkhong on February 3rd, 2019 demanding scraping of the contentious Bill, the AASU activists protested performing naam prasanga, the creation of the Mahapurusha Sankardeva and Madhabdeva which was an important addition to the Vaishnavite culture, in the Dibrugarh University.

A snapshot of the AASU members staging 10-hour hunger strike today
A snapshot of the AASU members staging 10-hour hunger strike today

The students’ body, the platform from where the present Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal started his journey to the Bharatiya Janata Party and was also conferred with the title ‘Jatiya Nayak’ (national hero) after the Supreme Court struck down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) (IMDT) Act, has been demanding the Chief Minister to act for the greater interest of the indigenous people of the state by denouncing the Bill.

A snapshot of the AASU members staging 10-hour hunger strike today
A snapshot of the AASU members staging 10-hour hunger strike today

Allies of BJP call on Rajnath Singh

At least 10 allies of the BJP, all belonging to the Northeast, and Janta Dal (United) on February 3rd, 2019 called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to register their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The allies include Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), National People’s Party (NPP), Mizo National Front (MNF), United Democratic Party (UDP) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).

Students’ bodies call on M’laya CM

As many as eight student bodies from Northeastern states including the AASU on February 3rd, 2019 called on the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue and expressed strong opposition to the “contentious legislation” that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government has been trying to implement.

The other student organizations are All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), TSF, NSF and AMSU.

The legislation

The Bill was passed by the lower house in the parliament – Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019 but was rejected in the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019. The CAB seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the illegal migrants belonging to religious minority – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains and have become victims of religious persecution in the neighbouring countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and entered India till December 31st, 2014.