Agartala: The Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) on Monday staged sit-in a demonstration, called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), which is likely to be tabled during the ongoing Parliament session.
Speaking with EastMojo, NESO vice-chairman Upendra Debbarma said that the decision to protest was taken on October 31 in the annual general meeting of the organisation in the presence of all eight umbrella organisations from seven Northeastern states.
“We had decided that on this day we will hold a protest all over the Northeast, either in the state capital or in any part of the state. We have selected the Tripura Tribal Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) as our venue,” he said.
A memorandum was also placed in front of the governor of Tripura, Ramesh Bais, ahead of the protest rally in ADC by the TSF leaders in Agartala Raj Bhawan on Monday.
“We met the governor of Tripura. He was very positive towards our demands and has assured that they will be discussing the issue in a meeting which is likely to take place in New Delhi next week,” Debbarma said.
“Around 500-700 students have gathered here in the sit-in protest rally. We have stood here and many social and political members have also supported us today irrespective of their political background,” Debbarma added.
He also said, if the Bill is passed in Parliament then the indigenous people of the Northeast, especially Tripura, will be affected as Tripura is surrounded from three sides by Bangladesh.
A memorandum, submitted to the Prime Minister through the governor of Tripura, said, “The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), which consists of All Arunachal Pradesh Student‘s Union (MPSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Manipur Students‘ Union (AMSU), Naga Students‘ Federation (NSF), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Mizo Zirlai Paul (MZP), Twipura Students’ Federation (TSF), representing the students‘ community of the entire region belonging to different languages and religions, is submitting this memorandum to express our dismay and displeasure that the government of India has again intended to introduce the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.”
“As you might recall, that there was tension and public agitation in the whole of Northeast in the month of January and February when your government was trying to get the Bill passed in Rajya Sabha which ultimately was not tabled taking into account the sentiments of the indigenous peoples of the North East,” the memo read.