Guwahati : Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cancelled his visit to Bokakhat on Wednesday as hundreds of citizens belonging to several movement groups and civil bodies continued to stage massive protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Citizenship Bill protest has turned violent in many parts of Assam which has also received support from other Northeast states as well supporting Assam in its stand against the Citizenship Bill.
Citizenship Bill Protest
The slogans like ‘Sarbananda Sonowal Murdabad’, ‘BJP Go Back’ reverberated in the streets of Bokakhat.
Sonowal was scheduled to visit the “Xeuj Granthamela (Green Book Fair) here on Wednesday.
“Sonowal was aware that he would have to face the wrath of the public and hence he cancelled his visit at the eleventh hour,” said a local.
Bokakhat is Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president and Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora’s home constituency.
Citizenship Bill protest
The local residents also waved black flags slamming Sonowal. They also took out a rally.
The AGP withdrew its support to the ruling BJP over differences regarding the Bill.
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.