Guwahati: Admitting that the people of Assam is their high-command, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has announced that the front-ranking students’ body of the state with support from 30 other like-minded organisations will intensify their strike against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
“We will strengthen our strike against the CAB. Right now, the central executive meeting of the AASU is in progress. Tomorrow, the North East Students Organisation (NESO) will have their executive meeting in Guwahati. Then, will also discuss the matter with 30 other ethic organisations of Assam,” AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya told EastMojo on the sidelines of the AASU executive meeting in Guwahati on Thursday.
Alleging that the Central government is trying to give citizenship to people on the basis of religion, Bhattacharya further said that the present status of the CAB is not acceptable to them.
Reacting to Centre’s move to exempt CAB from Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Sixth Schedule areas of the Northeast, the prominent students’ leader further said that if the CAB is not good for ILP and Sixth Schedule areas, how it can be good for Assam, Tripura and Manipur.
He, however, clarified that the academic atmosphere of the state won’t be affected during their movement against CAB in Assam in days to come.
The Union Cabinet, in a significant development on Wednesday, decided that states where Inner Line Permit (ILP) is applicable as well as the ‘Sixth Schedule’ tribal areas in four Northeastern states will be exempt from the proposed CAB.
The Union Cabinet’s decision assumes significance as the beneficiaries under CAB will become Indian citizens but will not be able to settle in Arunachal, Nagaland and Mizoram. As a matter of fact, the same restriction applies to existing Indian citizens.
Because of the Cabinet decision, a large section of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura will be exempt from the purview of CAB as parts of these states are under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
Earlier, Union home minister Amit Shah met politicians and organisations from the Northeastern states on Tuesday to understand their concerns over the proposed law. Shah held discussions with the representatives of students’ bodies and civil society groups of Assam on CAB. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, too, attended the meetings. It was the third such session held by Shah since Friday. Mizoram CM Zoramthanga also called on Shah.
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