NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 30 - The ongoing protest against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 took a major turn as the powerful Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), the largest union of the State government employees of Assam took to the streets in North Lakhimpur in a statewide stir.
The SAKP observed a boycott of their jobs in protest of the bill and organised a sit-in protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s office, North Lakhimpur. The SAKP members shouted �Deshatkoi Chakori Dangar Nohoi� (�Job is not greater than homeland�) in unison at the protest site which was also attended by workers and employees of various offices and organisations, students, lawyers, civil society members, senior citizens.
Speaking at the demonstration site, Naren Kalita, president and Gautam Phukan, secretary of North Lakhimpur SAKP said that the organisation had the glory of 68 martyred fellow employees among the 855 martyrs of the Assam Movement. The martyrdom of their fellow employees in the past was a source of inspiration, courage and heroism for SAKP to be ready for more revolutionary acts of patriotism, they said.
The three sit-in demonstration of the SAKP was also attended by AASU, All Assam Tribal Sangha and many others. The Lakhimpur District Congress Committee took out a human chain in North Lakhimpur today against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. More than 500 people participated in that human chain programme stretching from the Deputy Commissioner�s Office to the NL Girls HS School Chariali.