Guwahati : The Citizen Right Protection Forum, Assam (CRPFA), a conglomeration of 26 Bengali organisations, has decided to call off mass gathering on Nov 17 proposed rally at Khanapara here to build a common platform to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Nov 17 proposed rally called off
The decision was taken following a meeting would be organised by the Sabha wherein the Bengali and Assamese organisations will be given a chance to put forward their views on the Bill in the same platform.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha 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.
26 Bengali organisations proposed rally in November 17 called off
Over 60 organizations have called for 12 hour statewide bandh on October 23 in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the proposed November 17 convention in support of the Bill.
It may be mentioned that the Assam Government didn’t grant permission to the Bengali Bodies in view of maintaining law and order in the state.
Nov 17 proposed rally
“No permission will be given for organising the November 17 mass gathering (of Bengali bodies) as per the law and order assessment of the Assam Government. Post the Silapathar incident (in Dhemaji), the government assesses the law and order situation before any mass gathering. The November 17 meeting might led to another Silapathar like incident as per the assessment. We also request the organisations not to organise the November 17 meeting,” Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said a day ahead of the Assam Bandh.