GUWAHATI: Cool agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was launched by 18 organizations in Assam on Friday demanding the repeal of the legislation and the release of the jailed KMSS leader Akhil gogoi who was detained during the protests last year.
Organizations, including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, All Assam Students Union (AASU), organized statewide protest rallies, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Lachit Sena, as well as students and youth organizations from ethnic communities.
The turmoil started in Sivasagar, where it was launched last year before it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mentioning that the CAA was against the identity, language and cultural heritage of the state’s indigenous peoples, the protesters demanded that the act be repealed.
They were also seeking the immediate release of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi.
Addressing the rallies, the organizations’ leaders said, people will give an “adequate response” to the BJP-led dispensation in Assam in the assembly elections for allegedly “betraying the people by imposing the CAA on them despite protests. , from its introduction in Parliament to its promulgation “.
Elections for the state assembly must be held between March and April of next year.
The AASU, which had launched the six-year-long anti-foreigner Assam Movement (1979-1985), has called for a ‘Rono Hungkar’ (wake-up call to the war against CAA) starting Saturday on the first ‘anniversary’ of the fight against foreigners. Agitation CAA.
The AASU raised a black flag at its headquarters here and displayed such flags in seven northeastern states under the auspices of the Northeast Student Organization calling for the withdrawal of the CAA, AASU senior adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya told reporters.
“The government has to repeal the anti-Assam law that has claimed the lives of five Assamese citizens, including innocent students. The families of the deceased and the AASU will continue to seek justice,” an AASU press release, issued jointly by his said President Dipanka Kumar Nath and Secretary General Shankar Jyoti Baruah.
Five people lost their lives during protests against the CAA in Guwahati last year.
The goal of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities (Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian) in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
People from these communities who came to India until December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution in these countries will not be treated as illegal immigrants, but instead will be granted Indian citizenship.