Protesting Against CAA; A 36-Hours Strike Started

Chandni Mohan
December 17, 2019 |

Guwahati — The protests raging against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) refute to show any mercy on those in favor of the law. People and communities including politicians from opposition and some from the ruling party as well are trying to demonstrate their disapproval against the CAA act. In a very short period, the decision seemed to have awakened huge controversy among the political parties.

Almost every state is up for the protest and so does the members of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). The members of AJYCP have called out for a 36-hour hunger strike which started yesterday.

As per the statement made by the founding president of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Narendra Modi seemed to be unaware of the massive protest happening across Assam.

Prafulla Kumar said, “Prime minister Narendra Modi is not aware of the massive protest against the CAA in Assam.”

On Monday, the Assam government announced that the curfew that was ignited in Guwahati with violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act will be lifted on Tuesday starting at 6 AM. Also, the broadband internet service will be resumed to the normal operation which was suspended in the wake of the protest across the state from Tuesday morning.

Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam decided the same at a law and order review meeting.

In the midst of all these, 16 West Bengal bound trains remained canceled on Monday when the protest against the citizenship law was at the peak across the state.

State took harsh decisions to control the protest and arrested many who participated in the march towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Guwahati. The movement was called satyagraha and was organized by the student body. To support the march, various organizations participated in the rally. Among the arrested names, there were leaders of the All Assam Students Union (Aasu), chief adviser, Samujjal Bhattacharya along with the general secretary, Lurinjyoti Gogoi. However, they were later released.

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta also added, “The Act has a provision where it says no document is required if a particular person is persecuted or not. This is a red carpet welcome to illegal immigrants whereas the prime minister in 2016 said that illegal immigrants will have to leave Assam, post-May 16.”

Mahanta who could be noted as the pioneer for Assam Agitation further questioned the government of Assam asking for its support in the movement against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

He added, “If Kerala, Punjab and West Bengal can oppose CAA and say that their governments will not implement it, why can’t Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal do the same?

Mahanta also continued to put stress in the need for acknowledgment of the protest by the government.

He said, “If the democratic protest is not respected, people will resort to violence. The prime minister and home minister are not above the Constitution. Assam is witnessing a people’s awakening. We are also preparing for a long legal battle against CAA.”

By making a statement, Mahanta also clarified that the AGP leadership who supported the bill, in the beginning, has decided to move the Supreme Court in order to challenge the Act.

Mahanta said, “AGP leadership, after supporting the bill, has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the Act”

The anger has led to come many communities and organizations come together for a common cause. And, the country is witnessing protests from across the nation against CAA.