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AJYCP stages protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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JORHAT, April 29 - AJYCP activists led by its state president Putul Dutta staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office here opposing the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that will grant citizenship to illegal Hindu Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.

The stir was organised state-wide with the members of the students� body organising similar protest programmes in most of the district and civil sub-divisional headquarters.

The protesters put up posters and banners and shouted slogans against the Narendra Modi-led government for planning to settle illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in the state.

Putul Dutta told mediapersons that the organisation will fight tooth and nail against the Centre�s bid to settle illegal migrants from the neighbouring country in Assam, which was �already overburdened� with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

The AJYCP president said that mass migration through the porous border over the past several decades has already changed the demographic pattern of Assam drastically, and further settling foreign migrants will lead to �wiping out� the cultural practices and identity of the indigenous Assamese groups and tribes.

He said that the AJYCP was totally against classifying illegal migrants on the basis of religion.

�We want provisions of the Assam Accord to be followed in this regard under which those migrants from Bangladesh who had migrated till March 25, 1971 to Assam will be accepted as Indian citizens,� Dutta said.

Later, the protesters submitted a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office asking the Central Government not to go ahead with the Bill.

Several leading citizens, including lawyers and leaders of several social organisations also sat along with the protesters and extended support to the stir.

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AJYCP stages protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

JORHAT, April 29 - AJYCP activists led by its state president Putul Dutta staged a four-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office here opposing the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that will grant citizenship to illegal Hindu Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.

The stir was organised state-wide with the members of the students� body organising similar protest programmes in most of the district and civil sub-divisional headquarters.

The protesters put up posters and banners and shouted slogans against the Narendra Modi-led government for planning to settle illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in the state.

Putul Dutta told mediapersons that the organisation will fight tooth and nail against the Centre�s bid to settle illegal migrants from the neighbouring country in Assam, which was �already overburdened� with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

The AJYCP president said that mass migration through the porous border over the past several decades has already changed the demographic pattern of Assam drastically, and further settling foreign migrants will lead to �wiping out� the cultural practices and identity of the indigenous Assamese groups and tribes.

He said that the AJYCP was totally against classifying illegal migrants on the basis of religion.

�We want provisions of the Assam Accord to be followed in this regard under which those migrants from Bangladesh who had migrated till March 25, 1971 to Assam will be accepted as Indian citizens,� Dutta said.

Later, the protesters submitted a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office asking the Central Government not to go ahead with the Bill.

Several leading citizens, including lawyers and leaders of several social organisations also sat along with the protesters and extended support to the stir.

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