Citizenship Bill: ‘Modi Go back’ Slogans Rent The Air In Naharkatiya

Protests in full swing across the Northeast opposing the Citizenship Bill
Protests in full swing across the Northeast opposing the Citizenship Bill

Guwahati, February 8, 2019

Protests and agitations are going on in various parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland opposing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment), Bill, 2016.

Prime Minister Modi will begin visit of three Northeast states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura – from February 9th, 2019. He will land in Guwahati on February 8th, 2019. Modi will inaugurate multiple infrastructural projects and address a public rally in Assam, besides visiting Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.

‘Modi go back’

  • On February 8th, 2019, Dibrugarh’s Naharkatia saw a massive rally which was conducted by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and was attended by over 5,000 people. Slogans like ‘Narendra Modi go back, ‘Scrap Citizenship Bill’ rocked the town.
  • In Biswanath, Simaluguri and in other parts of the state, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) staged road blockades opposing the Bill on February 7th, 2019.
  • The Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad has called for 12-hour Assam bandh on February 9th, 2019 to register their resentment over Modi’s Northeast visit, opposing the granting of ST status to six communities and the Citizenship Bill.

Peaceful rally  

  • The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) will stage a “peaceful demonstration” and take out a rally against the Citizenship Bill in Itanagar on February 9th, 2019.
  • The rally would be taken out from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. A sit-in protest would be staged at the Tennis Court in Indira Park in the capital city. The rally will coincide with the PM’s arrival in Itanagar at 9:20 am.

Nagaland burns

On February 8th, 2019, college students came out in large numbers in Kohima, demanding the immediate scrapping of the Citizenship Bill. The students also demanded a quick solution for the long-pending Nagaland political issue in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.