While the Centre is all set to table the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill at the ongoing session of the Parliament, protests have intensified in Assam and other parts of the Northeast demanding its withdrawal.
Several posters in Assamese language mocking the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders and Assam Ministers – Atul Bora, Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Keshab Mahanta – were spotted in front of the Nalbari College on December 7th, 2019. Unknown protestors have put up posters with messages against the Bill.
It may be mentioned that on December 4th, 2019 an effigy of Bora along with a ‘suicide note’ was found hanging in front of the AGP headquarters in Guwahati. The AGP has been facing the wrath of the protesters after they hinted that they would not oppose the Bill.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India.
Earlier this year, the three AGP leaders had resigned as state ministers and snapped ties with the BJP over the Bill. However, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the AGP joined hands with the BJP.
On December 7th, 2019, Choudhury went to Manikpur area in Bongaigaon to attend a meeting. When he was delivering his speech, some activists of the AASU shouted slogans against the Bill. Fearing attack, Choudhury immediately stopped his speech and left from the spot while the meeting was in progress.
Meanwhile, the unidentified protestors put up ‘missing person posters’ against the AGP Rajya Sabha MP Birendra Prasad Baishya in Guwahati.
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