Expected A Lot From Homen Borgohain, Bit Disappointed: Akhil Gogoi on Citizenship Bill Row

Akhil Gogoi
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Guwahati, February 14, 2019

Firebrand leader Akhil Gogoi on February 14th, 2019 said that he is upset with the insouciant attitude of veteran journalist and celebrated Assamese writer Homen Borgohain shown during their enduring fight opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

“The entire state was on war mode to oppose the Bill and him(Homen Borgohain) being such an influential person could have done a lot. Our expectations were high but he left us a bit disappointed,” said Akhil Gogoi.

The peasant leader further expressed dissatisfaction with the BPF and the BPF Chief Hagrama Mahilary for not clearing their stand on the Bill. “They failed to stand by us during the crisis though the Bodos took part in our movement,”.

While lauding the people of Assam for their active participation and sacrifice, Gogoi said, “We have finally won in our fight. It was initiated by the people of Assam here and carried forward to the national level. The entire credit goes to our people,”

Assam wore a festive look on February 13th after the contentious Citizenship was not passed at the last sitting of the Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House sine die. The House sat in 18 sessions since June 2014, since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s tenure began.

Akhil Fires Salvo

The KMSS leader while firing salvo at the Sarbananda Sonowal led BJP government claimed that their movement has revealed the real faces of people in the state and that if the present government attempts to pass an ordinance in relation to Bill’s legislation, their fight will continue.

“CM Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Ranjeet Dass tried to create a communal divide in Assam but the people here didn’t let them accomplish their intent. If they try to pass the bill through ordinance, we will fight again. This time Modi was greeted with black flags but next time we will ban his entry in Assam. We will move to the Supreme Court against the notification issued on September 7th, 2015” added Gogoi.

Lauds People of Assam

While greeting the people of the State for the historic victory, Gogoi hailed literary critic Hiren Gohain for backing the movement. He further lauded the Bengali population of Assam for “showing their solidarity during the protests”.

“This movement has strengthened the Federalism of India.”, said Gogoi.