Students Of Sonowal’s Alma Mater Oppose Citizenship Bill With Blood

The much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019

Guwahati, February 11, 2019

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he students of the Dibrugarh University (DU) on February 11th, 2019 wrote to the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal opposing the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with their blood.

Around 20 students from different departments of the varsity, which is Sonowal’s alma mater, staged a protest against the Bill holding placards. The students wrote slogans like ‘We Oppose CAB 2016, ‘Priyo Mukhyamantri CAB batil korok‘, ‘Joi Aai Axom Scrap Cab’ with their blood.

Sonowal was born on October 31st, 1961 in Molokgaon located in the Dibrugarh district of Assam. He did his Bachelor of English Honours from Dibrugarh University and went on to do his LLB from Gauhati University. He also started his political career from here. In 2004, he became a Lok Sabha member representing Dibrugarh constituency and continued to be so till 2009 before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2011.

The students wrote slogans like 'We Oppose CAB 2016, 'Priyo Mukhyamantri CAB batil korok', 'Joi Aai Axom Scrap Cab' with their blood
The students wrote slogans like ‘We Oppose CAB 2016, ‘Priyo Mukhyamantri CAB batil korok’, ‘Joi Aai Axom Scrap Cab’ with their blood. Photo: TIME8

Citizenship Bill at Rajya Sabha

The much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. The ongoing Budget Session of Parliament slated to end on February 13th, 2019.

The BJP is falling short of numbers in the Rajya Sabha even if it manages to get neutral parties such as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) onboard over the Bill issue.

It may be recalled BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on February 3th, 2019 confirmed that the saffron party will bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as supplementary in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019.

Around 20 students from different departments of the varsity, which is Sonowal's alma mater, stage a protest against the Bill holding placards
Around 20 students from different departments of the varsity, which is Sonowal’s alma mater, stage a protest against the Bill holding placards. Photo: TIME8

Joi Aai Axom

The verse – Bajok doba bajok xonkho, bajok mridang khol, Axom akou unnati pothot, Joi Aai Axom bol – was written by celebrated pioneer of modern Assamese literature  Lakshminath Bezbaruah. The lines appeared in a poem Junaki Jug.  The poem became the slogan, the clarion call for the historic Assam Movement led by the AASU. Joi Aai Axom, especially, become the ultimate verbal marker for the sloganeering masses of patriotic fervor.