Protests over Citizenship Bill continue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2019 08:46:38




THE protests over the Citizenship Bill gathered momentum in Assam on Friday with the students of IIT-Guwahati joining the stir and the students of another college warning that the chief minister’s convoy would not be allowed to ply on a main thoroughfare of the city.

Students demonstrating in front of the Gauhati Commerce College on Radha Govinda Baruah Road told reporters, “We have banned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from travelling on R G Baruah road. “The moment we see their convoy, we will block the road and not allow their cars to move.” The “ban” would continue till the bill was scrapped, they said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the non-Muslims who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014. In Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s home constituency of Majuli, volunteers of the “Asomiya Yuba Mancha” tonsured their head, while National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) activists also protested against the Bill.

The students of the premier Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati assembled in front of the institute’s main gate on Thursday evening, sporting a black cloth on their faces and holding placards condemning the Bill.

The students, most of whom are from outside the State, said they joined the stir as the Assam Accord 1985, signed among the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the Centre and the Assam Government at the end of a six-year-long anti-foreigners agitation, had promised an IIT in the State.

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Protesters hit the streets against the Bill on Friday. Three persons, including a woman and a police officer, were injured in a clash between students, women vendors and the police at the Khwairamban Bazaar, the main market here, during a mass rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the agitators, who joined the mass rally jointly organised by six students’ organisations and the women vendors of the Khwairamban Bazaar.

Meghalaya passes resolution against Bill, BJP supports



THE Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Cabinet, which has two BJP ministers, has passed a resolution opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, as the BJP’s leadership in the State asserted that they were “with the indigenous people” on the proposed legislation.

The Cabinet passed the resolution during a meeting on Thursday. The ruling party, as well as the Opposition Congress, have voiced their opposition to the Bill, reflecting strong dissent prevailing in the state against the proposed legislation.