The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) and various ethnic and tribal communities took out a protest rally on October 17th, 2019 against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Golaghat district of Assam.
Hundreds of people and workers participated in the rally. The protesters staged sit-in demonstration infront of the Deputy Commissioner, Golaghat office. The protesters also raised slogans against 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 on or before December 31st, 2014.
“The move to grant citizenship based on religion will not be accepted under any cost. Those who entered Assam post-1971 should be deported. There should not be any compromise with the Assam Accord,” said a protester.
Another protester added, “The Centre and Assam government will face massive protests if the Bill is not withdrawn.”
It may be mentioned that the Arunachal Pradesh government has constituted a consultative committee to safeguard the rights of the indigenous people of the state in view of the Centre’s decision to revive the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.