While the people of Assam have continued to air their opposition against the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA), the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leaders are apparently facing the ire of the public with black flags at public events.
On December 28th, 2019 Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who was about to attend a tribute function in honour of late BJP MLA Rajen Borthakur in Tezpur’s Goroimari had reportedly taken a helicopter ride to travel a distance of 5 kilometres from Tezpur airport to avoid black flag protests.
The minister met the family members of the deceased BJP MLA near the airport.
The Rangapara MLA, breathed his last following a cardiac arrest on December 10th, 2019.
Hundreds of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) members had staged a protest along the NH 15 against CAA as the Minister chose to change his route.
It may be mentioned that Gauhati MP Queen Oja was shown black flags on the same day by the AASU activists at Nagarbera in Kamrup district. The protesters chased Oja’s convoy and waved black flags at her for supporting CAA and raised slogans against the BJP.
On December 27th, 2019 Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass too was greeted with black flags when he went to meet Chabua MLA Binod Hazarika in Dibrugarh district of Upper Assam. The anti-CAA protesters also waved black flags at the venue where the BJP had organised a meeting near Hazarika’s house.
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