Guwahati, January 10: As Assam is raging with protests over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and 60 other organizations stated that they won’t allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enter Assam till the Bill is scrapped.
Addressing the media, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi said, “We will not allow the Prime Minister, Central Ministers and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to enter Assam till the Bill is withdrawn. We won’t allow them to hold functions whether they are official or unofficial and black flags will be hoisted across the state.”
“We promise that we will carry out protests in all meetings and functions to be attended by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP MLAs in Assam. Even rallies for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not be spared,” he added.
Meanwhile, the congregation of 70 organizations on Thursday staged a protest in front of the Janata Bhawan in Dispur waving the Axomiya Gamusa against the Bill.
The Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.