Guwahati: The anti-CAA movement led by the student body of Cotton University in Dighalipukhuri on Friday brought in hundreds of people, including intellectuals to mark the first anniversary of the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Mira Borthakur, Maini Mahant, Nekibur Zaman, and many others were also a part of today’s movement.
Opposing the law, advocate Nekibur Zaman said, “CAA was adopted because of the majority in the Parliament, but the emotions of the Assamese people could not be restrained. When the movement was first started by the student body of Guwahati University or Cotton University, the movement intensified. Then the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Assam People’s Council were both committed to abiding by the Assam Accords…We have a responsibility to ensure that future generations are able to survive as Assamese.”
Pranjal Kalita, general secretary of the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, said, “The entire anti-government movement has been misled. The artists who took part in it last year are now on the side of the government. The government deliberately misled the student movement. We will take steps to ensure that the student community does not become a stage for future MLAs.”
Starting today, various parties and organisations have protested against the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam. This includes the protests by Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) of Bajali, Pathshala. They took to the streets on Friday to renew their protests against the CAA of 2019. Along with the protests, the students’ body paid tributes to the five martyrs who lost their lives in the protests last year.