Tinsukia: All Assam Students Union (AASU)’s Chabua unit on Saturday has staged a sit-in-protest, allegedly after police denied them the permission to take out a motorcycle rally as part of the state-wide programme to protest Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA), demanding to repeal the law.

Chabua was one of the epicentres of the CAA protest in 2019.

The development came at a time when Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal was all set to take out a motorcycle rally in Chabua ahead of PM Modi election rally at Janamukh Khel Pathar – falling in Chabua assembly seat – in neighbouring Tinsukia district.

Chief MInister Sarbananda Sonowal’s rally through Chabua town. Pic: Rishu Kalantri

Talking to EastMojo, AASU’s Chabua unit general Secretary Pranab Dutta said the police obstructed their motorcycle rally, hence they decided to stage a sit-in protest. “The police forcible took away our audio and mic system,” he alleged.

 “Modi akhomar rayjiyok thogi aase.. missa kotha koi CAA jhaapi dise (Modi has betrayed the people of Assam.. he has lied and forcibly imposed CAA on us),” Dutta said and added, “We want PM Modi to ask for votes in the name of CAA.”

According to sources, protestors were shouting the slogan “Modi go back.. go back, CM Sarbananda laaz nai.. laaz nai (CM Sarbananda no shame, no shame).

In Tinsukia, the Makum unit took out a motorcycle rally in all 10 wards of the town.

PM Modi and Union minister Amit Shah have so far maintained silence on the CAA during their election rallies. 

On March 27, 47 seats of 126 assembly seats, mostly from Upper Assam, will go to polls in the first phase.

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