The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) – an umbrella organisation of eight student bodies of the Northeast region – on November 18 held protest marches against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across all the states in the region.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be tabled in the winter session of the parliament which started from Monday.
In Guwahati, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) – a major constituent of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) – held demonstration in front of the Raj Bhawan.
Several hundred activists of the student body, including its Advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, President Dipanka Nath, General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and the students marched to Raj Bhawan and shouted slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Apart from Guwahati, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Twipra Student Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) held protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in other states of the Northeast.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya said that, the BJP wants illegal Bangladeshis vote, so they imposed this bill to the people of Northeast and the people of Northeast will not accept this bill.
“It is a democratic movement. The BJP-led government wants illegal Bangladeshis votes. They have the numbers in parliament. So they will impose any act on the people of Northeast, but we will not accept it. We won’t accept it, we are opposing it. Northeast is not the dumping ground of illegal Bangladeshis. We are telling the prime minister and home minister that, there is also part of the country beyond Kolkata. It is a warning to the government. Today’s protests held in entire the Northeast called by the North East Students’ Organisation,” Bhattacharyya said.
The protesters submitted memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah against the bill through the governor of each states.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is aimed to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.