GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - A new organisation has come up in the State to resist the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, under the name and style of Sanmilita Aikya Mancha, Assam.
The Mancha, which has 23 conveners, including Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) president Biraj Talukdar, All Dimasa Students� Union president Prafulla Hafila, Manab Adhikar Sangram Samittee�s Lachit Bordoloi, former AJYCP president Bimal Prasad Choudhury, Nationalist Congress Party�s State president Ripunjoy Bora and former Krishak Mukti Sangram general secretary Kamal Kumar Medhi, will chalk out an action plan to resist the alleged attempt at imposing the burden of post-1971 Hindu Bangla migrants on Assam.
The Mancha was constituted at a citizens� meeting held at the Kanaklal Barooah Auditorium of the State Museum here today with the view to unite all the indigenous peoples� groups of the State against the proposed move to amend the Citizenship Act.
The participants of the meeting were of the view that the indigenous peoples of the State and their organisations should take part in the hearing proposed to be held by the Joint Parliamentary Committee in the State on November 2 and 3 next.
They also demanded that if the situation so demands, the Committee would have to extend its dates of hearing to provide scope to all the indigenous groups and their organisations to present their views on the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act.
The meeting was addressed by former principal of Cotton College Prof Udayaditya Bharali, CPI State secretary Drupad Bargohain, CPI (ML) State secretary Bibek Das, former MP Kumar Dipak Das, NCP State president Ripunjoy Bora, noted physician Nabanil Barua, senior journalist Haider Hussain, former bureaucrat JP Saikia, former Arya Vidyapeeth College principal Ajit Talukdar, AJYCP president Biraj Talukdar, CPI leader Munin Mahanta and former AJYCP president Dilip Patgiri, among others.
The written speech of noted writer Dr Hiren Gohain was read out in the meeting, stated a press release.