GUWAHATI, Nov 15 - The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Friday led demonstrations across the state protesting against the Union government�s move to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 during the winter session of Parliament.
The student body challenged the government to conduct a referendum on the issue in the state if it has the moral courage to face the truth.
AJYCP members carried out demonstrations in all the districts of the state, shouting slogans against the Bill and demanding its abolition. In Guwahati, a protest took place in front of the DC Court, near Meghdoot Bhawan. Another major protest action would take place on November 20.
�Torchlight processions would be taken out throughout the state on November 20. The CAB, which would change the demographic pattern of Assam, posing a threat to the very existence of the indigenous Assamese people, cannot be accepted in the state. If the government has the moral courage, it can conduct a referendum on this issue here. The truth will be out for all to see,� AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai told The Assam Tribune.
The youth body said the �unconstitutional� Bill will affect the secular and democratic spirit of the Constitution of India.
The protestors also criticised the state government and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for not respecting the sentiments of the people of Assam, overlooking the greater interest of the indigenous people. �When the leaders of the neighbouring states of the North East have taken a bold stand against the Bill, the political leaders of Assam have failed its people,� the AJYCP leader added.