Akhil Gogoi to observe 24-hour hunger strike on Magh Bihu

Guwahati, January 12: Firebrand peasant leader Akhil Gogoi announced that he will go on a 24-hour hunger strike from January 14 to oppose against the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

“This time I will not celebrate ‘Magh Bihu’ and will not eat anything on ‘Uruka’ as I will observe a 24-hour hunger strike with the members of the 70 organisations from the afternoon of January 14 to protest against the Bill,” Gogoi said.

“Till the controversial Bill is scrapped, protests will continue in Assam as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has plans to pass it in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget session scheduled to commence on January 31,” he added.

It may be mentioned that the Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. 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.

Gogoi was booked by police for sedition but was granted interim bail by the Gauhati High Court.