Guwahati, January 5: Voicing its resentment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the All Assam Students Union has called for a state-wide bandh on January 8 from 5 am to 4 pm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in Silchar said that the government is moving ahead with the Bill. “I hope the Bill will be passed soon in Parliament. The government has also decided to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which was hanging for the last 35 years. The road is clear to safeguard social, cultural and linguistic identity of Assam,” Modi said while addressing the rally in Silchar.
“The BJP has proved that it safeguarding the Bangladeshis,” said Samujjal Bhattacharyya, AASU adviser.
He added, “We will never accept any Bill which goes against the Assam Accord. We will not accept the partial report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee.”
On January 7, the AASU will stage a massive protest against the Bill across the state.
“We are left with no options…we are bound to call for Assam bandh after 10 years,” Bhattacharyya said.
AASU along with 30 indigenous organisations will led the protest against the Bill.
The North East Students’ Organization also called for bandh against the Bill on January 8 in all the northeastern states.
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.