BJP Ally JD-U To Fight Against Citizenship Bill, Backs AASU

Chief general secretary and national spokesperson of the Janata Dal (United) K C Tyagi
Chief general secretary and national spokesperson of the Janata Dal (United) K C Tyagi. Photo: TIME8

Highlights

  • JD (U) reiterates opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
  • JD (U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi appeals Assam Congress to fight for the greater cause of the indigenous people
  • The party condemns Nalbari incident

Guwahati, January 28, 2019

Chief general secretary and national spokesperson of the Janata Dal (United) JD(U)  K C Tyagi on January 28th, 2019 after holding a meeting with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in Guwahati reiterated the party’s strong opposition to the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. “We will oppose the Centre’s decision to implement the Bill by staying with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) until the Bill is scrapped for the greater cause of the indigenous people of Assam,” Tyagi said.

Launching a blistering attack on a section of Assam ministers without taking names, Tyagi said, “They (ministers) should not forget that they were also part of the agitations staged for the greater cause of the indigenous people of the state.” Tyagi further appealed the Assam Congress to fight for safeguarding the land, language and culture.

All Assam Students' Union chief advsior Samujjal Kumar Bhattachrya
All Assam Students’ Union chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya. Photo: TIME8

Nalbari incident

Tyagi condemned the Nalbari incident where the AASU activists were allegedly thrashed and the union’s flag was “disrespected” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on January 27th, 2019.

Besides, the AASU chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that the incident has “proved” the BJP’s “autocratic attitude to gag the voice against the Bill”. He also accused the Nalbari police of acting as “BJP’s agent”.

On the other hand, AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi urged the government not to try to create communal clash. “Otherwise, the government should be ready to face the consequences if they torture any AASU activist in near future,” Gogoi said.

AASU leader in a meeting with JD(U) leaders in Guwahati. Photo: TIME8
AASU leader in a meeting with JD(U) leaders in Guwahati. Photo: TIME8

The AASU leaders also informed that the students’ body will stage a one-hour long road blockade on the 37 No National Highway on January 29th, 2019 demanding scrapping of the CAB 2016.