Tinsukia: Amid growing outcry over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, protesters allegedly defaced the offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) by writing ‘No CAB’ slogans on their entry gates in Assam’s Dibrugarh town on Thursday.
Speaking with EastMojo, AASU district president Bulbul Dutta said, “This is our way of protest. If the members of BJP and AGP have any shame left, they should quit their party which is coming up with a legislature which will endanger Assamese identity and culture.”
“From Day 1, we have registered our protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. It’s unfortunate that once ‘Nayak’ of Assam has today become ‘Khalnayak’ because of his lust for power,” Dutta said, adding: “The people of Assam will never forgive him.”
The Assam Agitation (1979-85) had compelled the government to sign the historic Assam Accord, paving the way to detect and deport all illegal migrants who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971.
The birth of AGP has a history which its present leadership seems to have forgotten, Dutta said. “We urge them to wake up to the voice of people of Assam before their party is reduced to ashes,” he added.
“AASU will not settle at anything less other than scrapping of the bill and we will do whatever is needed to compel the government to hear the voice of people of Assam. Assam will not be allowed to be used as a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis, irrespective of their religions,” Dutta warned.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution there, paving way for introduction of the bill in the current session of the parliament. The announcement came for information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar.