Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad general secretary Palash Changmai during a press meet in Guwahati on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Discussing about Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and their future course of action over the issue, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) leaders held a press meet in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday.

Top leaders of the students’ body, including general secretary Palash Changmai and president Rana Pratap Baruah, attended the press conference.

Addressing the journalists, Changmai said, “We will continue our fight against CAA.”

Changmai also raised several questions about the students and other organisations who were protesting against the CAA. “There is no chief minister in Assam who tries to give citizenship to foreigners,” he said.

The student leader also alleged that CM Sarbananda Sonowal has betrayed the people of Assam in greed of power and he is now trying to make the people believe because of his loyalty to home minister Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi.

“He never understood the love and affection provided to him by the people of Assam who elected him as the CM,” Changmai said.

Raising the issue of CAA as a national law, the AJYCP general secretary asked the CM as to how other Northeast states were able to oppose CAA and demand for ILP. “Was it not a national law for the other NE states?” questioned Changmai.

Replying to the CM’s question on what mistakes he made, Changmai said, “We would like to tell him that it’s not your mistake but it’s the mistake of the Assamese people who elected you as the CM.”

“Talking about the special recognisation given to the artists’ community, we want to say that the BJP government is trying to buy the community by giving a small amount of Rs 50,000. It is indeed a shame on the part of the government,” alleged Changmai.

He also listed out the student body’s future course of action:

* January 4: Torch rallies across Assam

* January 8: Massive protests across Assam

* January 11: Black flags to be hosted to mark ‘black day’ across Assam

* January 12: Tribute to martyrs

* January 13: Mass sit-in demonstration in Dispur

“We are supporting AASU in all the protests against CAA and so we will come together and organise a mass protest if PM Narendra Modi visits Guwahati on January 10 to inaugurate Khelo India Youth Games,” said Changmai, adding, “Government ministers will be banned at the 89th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha in Bokakhat and we are extending our support to the decision.”

The general secretary also informed that AJYCP will file a petition in Supreme Court against CAA on January 5, 2020.

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