An anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) body, Asom Nagarik Samaj (ANS) will read out the Preamble to the Constitution of India in Guwahati to protest the amended citizenship law and “action” taken against people across the country for opposing it.
The ANS members and supporters will assemble at the Lakshminath Bezbarua Path near the Cotton University at 10:30 am and will read out the preamble in unison.
“We will read the Preamble to reaffirm our faith in the Constitution of India and in its sovereign, secular and democratic nature. We will read out the Preamble to protest against some action taken across the country against people, which is against the Constitution,” said a member.
The preamble is based on the ‘Objectives’ which was drafted and moved in the Constituent Assembly by Jawaharlal Nehru on December 13th, 1946.
It was adopted on November 26th, 1949 by the Constituent Assembly and came into effect on January 26th, 1950, celebrated as the Republic Day in India.
Amid widespread protests, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament on December 11th, 2019 and President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Bill on December 12th, 2020, turning it into an Act.
The CAA grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31st, 2014.
Massive protests broke out in the country soon after the passage of the Bill in both the houses of the parliament. Those protesting against the law say that the Act is discriminatory and creates a divide on the basis of religion.
The protesters in Assam, led by All Assam Students’ Union, said that the Act violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord. Four people had died during the anti-CAA protest in Guwahati. While an oil tanker was set ablaze in Assam’s Sonitpur district by anti-CAA protesters, killing its driver on the spot.
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