GUWAHATI: Assam to witness a massive protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a week ahead of the first phase of Assam polls on March 27 as the All Assam students’ Union (AASU) has announced a mega statewide anti-CAA protest rally on March 20.
AASU president Dipanka Nath on Monday said that AASU members all over the state would take out a massive bike rally against the citizenship law.
The student group aimed to reignite the people’s sentiments against CAA ahead of the elections.
Nath said, “Our aim is to take the anti CAA movement to the remotest corners of the state and to make all aware of the draconian CAA. AASU members will reach out to all and tell them how the CAA is a threat to the identity and culture of Assam.”
The AASU leader also slammed the BJP-led Assam government for ‘cheating’ the people of the state in the name of ‘Jati-Mati-Bheti’ during the 2016 Assam Assembly elections.
“The BJP government came to power in the name of protecting the constitutional rights of the indigenous people of the state but in return, it gave us CAA and killed innocent people. People of Assam will not forget and AASU will not stop until the law is scrapped,” he added.
Though anti CAA forces including Congress have been banking on the anti CAA wave amongst the people of the state to work in favour of them and against BJP, the saffron camp believed that CAA would not be a factor for them in the ensuing polls.
BJP senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said, “CAA is no longer a factor for BJP and Assam. People of Assam need development and BJP has ensured that during its tenure. BJP will win this time also.” Congress earlier promised that it would bring a law to nullify CAA if comes to power in Assam.