Amid the widespread agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act and ‘anti-BJP’ sloganeering in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his council of ministers on December 20th, 2019 took out a peace rally in Nalbari district.
The peace march kick-started from the historic Gordon Government School’s playground, crossing the Nalbari MLA Ashok Sharma’s residence to SP office of the district and covered a distance of 4 km.
“Assam is a peaceful state and this should be maintained. We appeal to the people of the state not to get instigated. We need aspirations to turn Assam into a powerful Indian state and to achieve that there should be harmony among the people. We urge all the citizens of the state to maintain peace,” said Sonowal while addressing the public.
“Today we are here for a peace rally and would like to extend my heartiest gratitude to all the BJP workers, helpers, karyakartas, my colleagues, the AGP, BPF leaders for their support. Since the inception of the BJP, we have taken responsibility of all the people irrelevant of caste, creed and religion and will continue to work for them,” he added.
The peace rally saw the participation of Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Pramila Rani Brahma to name a few. “A section of people with vested interests are trying to instigate the common man,” said MP Dilip Saikia.
It may be mentioned that tens of thousands of seething protesters defied the curfew in Guwahati and took to the streets against the CAA, prompting police to open fire. The Guwahati-Shillong (GS) Road had turned into a veritable war zone as protesters vandalised shops and buildings, damaged road divider railings, defaced newly-painted walls, burnt tyres and clashed with security forces.
The broadband services were restored on December 18th, 2019 and mobile internet services resumed from 9 am of December 20th, 2019.