Guwahati : Amidst tremendous pressure and continuous ‘Black Flag’ protests from the public over “Black Ban” by the BJP government, Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 1st, 2019 said that in a democratic country, there should not be any discrimination on the basis of colour.
Black ban by BJP government
Many BJP ministers including CM Sonowal were shown black flags by protesters in different regions of Assam protesting against the Citizenship Bill.
“All colours are our own in a democracy, whether black or white, red or blue. Today I am myself wearing a black coat,” Sonowal said in a light hearted manner while replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address at the Legislative Assembly.
CM Sonowal speaks over Black ban
Including himself, the BJP ministers, MLAs and MPs of the State were recently shown black flags by those protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
A few days ago in Biswanath a video of a mother removing her toddler’s black jacket went viral where the security personals had instructed the mother to remove her child’s jacket before entering Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s function. Soon after the incident, CM Sonowal ordered a police enquiry into the episode. The video which has gone viral overnight has drawn criticism from the public. The video was also aired in the local television channels.
Black ban protest in Assam
The very next day after the Biswanath incident, the Assam Assembly on January 30th, 2019 witnessed a noisy situation and a walkout by the Congress MLAs over the ban on black flags at public events attended by Sonowal to prevent black-flag protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.