GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - Seventy organisations of the State led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today staged a statewide torchlight procession demanding repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
In the city, the protesters took out a procession at Dighalipukhuripaar in the evening, shouting slogans and displaying placards against the Bill. The protesters decried the role of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the State for trying to impose the Bill on the people of Assam against their wishes.
�The Bill has triggered spontaneous and massive protests across the State, but the Centre is adamant on getting the Bill passed. The State government has merely chosen to toe the lines of the Centre even when it means acting against the interests of the State and its people,� a spokesperson of the organisations said.
The organisations made it clear that protests against the Bill that seeks to facilitate settlement of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam would be resisted tooth and nail in the days
�The Bill will jeopardise the existence of the Assamese people as a whole, including the indigenous ethnic communities in their homeland. Assam has already bore the burden of a large number of migrants from Bangladesh and any further burdening will destroy the identity of the indigenous people. We will intensify our agitation in the days to come and not relent until the Centre scraps the Bill,� the spokesperson said.
The organisations also resented that the Bill seeking to grant citizenship on the basis of religion would violate the basic tenets of the Constitution of India, and was, in fact, a larger agenda of the BJP-RSS to establish a �Hindu Rashtra� in India.