Protests over Citizenship Bill intensifying in Assam

Guwahati, January 20: With each passing day, the protest rallies are intensifying in the state over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

People came out in the streets semi-nude in Tezpur on Saturday, while a woman’s rally was taken out in Tinsukia and a citizen’s meeting was organized at Guwahati.

The activists of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) staged a semi-nude protest opposing the Bill in front of the deputy commissioner’s office and also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should explain to them how the people of Assam and the country benefited from demonetisation.

In Tinsukia district, the women took out a protest rally and also blocked National Highway 37 for some time demanding the immediate scrapping of the Bill.

Meanwhile, in Guwahati, a citizens’ protest meeting was organised in which prominent personalities from the Assam Sahitya Sabha, AJYCP, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), among others, spoke against the Bill.

The Citizenship Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha. However, the Bill got stalled in the Rajya Sabha after facing 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.