Citizenship Amendment Bill Sparks Protests In Assam & Delhi

Students' protest in Assam

Several Organizations including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti took to the streets demanding withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill. The students and other members in the protest were seen holding banners which said, “Assam opposes CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill)”.

The protesters were heard chanting “Aah Oi Aah, Ulai Aah (come out, come out all)” and “Joi Aai Asom” slogans too.

Other than 30 organizations demonstrating anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill sentiments, large number of AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) protestors took to the streets in Guwahati, and Upper and Lower Assam districts challenging the government’s idea to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reiterated in the parliament, “Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Christian refugees should get citizenship, hence Citizenship Amendment Bill is important. The refugees who are being discriminated in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh, will have Indian citizenship.”

Amit Shah in Parliament

The citizenship bill aims to grant citizenship to the non-Muslims of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, who came to India before December 31, 2014.

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