KMSS to launch agitations against CAB in Assam: Akhil Gogoi

Guwahati, Nov 17 (PTI) RTI activist and KMSS leaderAkhil Gogoi on Sunday announced that the Krishak Mukti SangramSamiti will launch a series of agitations against the proposedCitizenship (Amendment) Bill across Assam in the coming days.

Addressing a press conference here, Gogoi said KMSSand its three other sister organisations will launch itsagitation from Monday by visiting houses of people across thestate to distribute leaflets and other 'awareness documents'against the Bill.

'Our stand is very clear that protesting against theCAB is a fight for our identity. We will oppose it at anycost, even by shedding our blood,' Gogoi said.

On November 22, the organisation will hold a protestdemonstration and submit a memorandum to the President and thePrime Minister 'for the last time' through the Governor that'we will not accept the CAB at any cost', he added.

'We will also work towards uniting all the politicalparties and organisations. The KMSS-led 70 groups and AASU-led30 groups should unite against the CAB so that there are noconflicting programmes,' the peasant leader stressed.

He emphasised that there is no question of differencein ideology or political parties at this moment and anyoneopposing the CAB should unite, he added.

'This bill is unconstitutional and unparliamentary.

This is against the people of the state. We all should comeout and oppose it vehemently,' Gogoi appealed the public tojoin the agitation.

Meanwhile, the Left-Democratic Mancha, Assam willorganise a sit-in-demonstration and procession on Monday inGuwahati to register their protest against the proposedcontroversial Bill.

The constituents of the Left-Democratic Mancha includeCPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML), RCPI, Janata Dal (S), NCP, LDP, AAP andAsom Sangrami Mancha.

As per the Lok Sabha Bulletin Part-II on November 14,the tentative list of Government Legislative and FinancialBusiness for the Winter Session of Parliament includes theCitizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for introduction,consideration and passing.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was earlier passed inthe Lok Sabha on January 8 but lapsed later as it could not beplaced in the Rajya Sabha.

The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs,Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan,Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in the countryeven if they do not possess proper documents. PTI TRRG RG