Akhil Gogoi-led KMSS stages protest against CAB in Assam

Guwahati, Nov 22 (PTI) RTI activist Akhil Gogoi-ledKrishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Friday staged a protesthere against the proposed tabling of the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill, 2019 during the Winter session of theParliament.

The KMSS organised its 'Raj Bhavan Chalo' agitation tosubmit a memorandum to the governor against the Bill forforwarding it to the President.

The Indigenous Forum, Assam led by ULFA (pro-talk)faction leaders Anup Chetia and Mrinal Hazarika and humanrights activist Lachit Bordoloi staged a separate sit-inagainst the Bill.

Speaking to reporters, Gogoi said, 'Under nocircumstance can the anti-indigenous people CAB be accepted byour state as 1.9 crore Hindu Bangladeshis will come to Assamand threaten the existence of the Assamese language besidestaking up the jobs, rendering the local people unemployed.' Gogoi expressed fears that due to opposition of thestate governments of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland andArunachal Pradesh to the Bill, it will be imposed on Assam andTripura.

Sahitya Akademi awardee Dr Hiren Gohain, who was partof the KMSS agitation, said, 'An attempt is being made by theCentre to divide Assam on religious lines...till our last dropof blood, we will oppose CAB which is against the interest ofthe indigenous people of the state.' Protests against the Bill have been raging in Assamover the past week, with activists of the All Assam Students'Union (AASU) along with 30 ethnic students' organisationsorganising rallies across the state on Thursday evening.

Speaking to reporters, AASU Chief Advisor SamujjalBhattacharya had asserted, 'Assam is not a dustbin for illegalBangladeshis. Under the Assam Accord, 1985, we have alreadyaccepted the Bangladeshis who came here illegally till March,1971. Now, attempts are being made to thrust more Bangladeshisupon us through the CAB.' Bhattacharya alleged that the BJP was trying topolarise the society on religious lines.

'It is time that the indigenous people of Assam take astand. Communal sentiments will never prevail in thestate...only the will of the indigenous people shall prevail,'he said.

Protests against the CAB erupted in Assam on Monday,with the North East Students Organisation (NESO), itsconstituent AASU, and other organisations such as the AssamJatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad and Left-Democratic Mancha,Assam, separately staging protest rallies and sit-ins.

The CAB seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus,Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fledreligious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistanand entered India before December 31, 2014.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed inthe Lok Sabha on January 8 but could not be introduced in theRajya Sabha.

The Bill is proposed to be tabled in the Parliamentduring its Winter session, said state Finance Minister HimantaBiswa Sarma. PTI ESBACD ACD