Students from Assam and other Northeast states from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi took part in a protest rally on Saturday opposing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The bill, which has already been passed in the Lok Sabha, endorses to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants, facing religious persecution, from the neighbouring countries.
The students are opposing the bill which endorses citizenship in the line of religion.
“We, students, here staged our opposition against the bill. Around 400 students from different parts of the Northeast have participated in the rally. We must stop this bill. Assam can’t take any more burden of immigrants,” said Angshuman Sarma, research scholar from Assam who participated in the protest rally.
The group also burnt dummy copies of the bill after the rally.
Though initially it was called by students from Assam in JNU, later the rally was supported by the JNU Students Union, SFI and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) among others.
A few days ago, another group of students from Delhi University also staged protest against the bill in the capital.
Apart from that, Mumbai-based students and professionals who are from Assam and other parts of the region too have staged a protest demonstration.
In a way, the bill has united all the people of Assam and the Northeast region residing in different parts of the country in opposing it.