New Delhi: A candlelight protest against the Citizenship Act was organised by the Assamese community of Delhi-NCR on Saturday evening in the national capital.
Nearly 300 people from across age groups assembled outside Assam Bhawan located in the national capital’s diplomatic enclave to express their angst at CAB’s passage by the Parliament on December 11. The bill received the Presidential assent to become a law the following day.
Denying their affiliation to any political party the protestors told EastMojo that they wanted the Central Government to revisit the law as it would jeopardise the survival of Assamese culture and language due to the repeated influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants from across the over 260 km-long porous border.
“The protest was earlier planned at Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi but was later shifted to Assam Bhawan. We have serious concerns about the Citizenship Act,” one of the demonstrators said.
“The CAA is illegal because it furthers the Central Government’s agenda of Hindu Rashtra. It is not acceptable to the Assamese as we have been living together for centuries,” Ramesh Baruah, one of the protestors said.
After lighting hundreds of candles outside Assam Bhawan, a short protest march was also taken out in the area.