Grand memorial for anti-CAA protestors if party comes to power : Cong

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(Adding background) Guwahati, Feb 16 (PTI) Assam Congress on Tuesday announced that it will build a grand memorial here to commemorate the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) protestors who sacrificed their lives if the party comes to power, its campaign committee chairman Pradyut Bordoloi said.

Bordoloi said the memorial will be built for the anti-CAA peoples movement that has been going on in Assam over the last few years to save 'Assamese pride'.

The Congress announcement came two days after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised that the party will respect the Assam Accord and will not implement the botched up CAA if it wins the election due in March-April.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora said that the grand memorial will be the states message to BJP, which is 'No CAA in Assam'.

The dark days of BJPs oppression of Assamese people are about to end and the Congress will win the assembly election, Congress legislature party leader in the outgoing house Debabrata Saikia asserted.

The memorial will be a tribute to the peoples struggle against CAA, he added.

The Congress Manifesto Committee chairman Gaurav Gogoi said that the memorial will be the struggle against forgetting.

'Assam does not want CAA', Gogoi said.

According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and face religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but will be given Indian citizenship.

President Ram Nath Kovind had given assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 turning it into an Act.

A total five persons were killed in the state-wide violent agitation that rocked the state in December 2019 after the Act came into being.

The Congress leaders, who are taking part in the 'Axom Basaon Ahok Yatra' in the state, are campaigning against the draconian' CAA.

The Yatra was launched on February 12 and the Congress leaders are interacting and taking feedback from all sections of society on CAA, unemployment and other issues plaguing the state, the party sources said. PTI DG KK KK KK