Guwahati: Protests break out in Assam as the Government is set to push the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Winter Session of Parliament. Student organizations in the region led out protests on the roads as the NDA-led BJP government is adamant to bring in the CAB in the parliament.
North East Students Organization (NESO) have called for protest rallies against CAB at the North East capitals on November 18. Political parties and socio-cultural bodies have been protesting on the grounds that the bill will allow nationality to the non-Muslims (mostly Hindus) who came to India before December 31, 2014 which increases the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.
In a reaction of the comments from Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is in favour of CAB, AASU and NESCO reacted by saying that the Centre must think twice before taking such an action in the winter session of the Parliament scheduled from November 18.
Dipanko Kumar Nath, AASU president said that they will not be accepting CAB. AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi stated that they are against CAB as it is in favor of the illegal migrants. RTI activist, Akhil Gogoi, who was a part of the anti-cab movement earlier stated that the population of Assam would increase by almost 1.9 crore Bangladeshis if the legislation came into force.
The legislation seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Christians or those who have fled from the neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for religious persecution.