STOP/OPPOSE Citizen amendment bill (CAB), #NO CAB

STOP/OPPOSE Citizen amendment bill (CAB), #NO CAB

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Sudarshan Dutta started this petition to Assam and

Opposition of Citizenship(Amendment) Bill ,2019.

      As citizen of Assam, we register our deep anxiety and distress at the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.

        The attempt of the Central Government to extend citizenship beyond the cutoff date of 24th March, 1971 is not acceptable to the people of Assam. The state is already overburdened with high influx of foreign nationals from Bangladesh and neighboring counties, causing serious economic and social distress and identity crisis for the indigenous communities of Assam.

       Under these circumstances, the proposed amendment poses an existential threat to the existing indigenous communities. Further, we remind you that Prime Minister of India made commitment to make Assam free from illegal migrants in his prepoll rallies.

With a large number of students coming out in Assam against CAB, the struggle against the proposed law has truly shifted to a younger generation. It is for them to decide which way they want to go.

The CAB violates Articles 14 and 15 of the Indian Constitution besides nullifying the basic Preamble of our Constitution. CAB is unquestionably unconstitutional as it attacks the preamble, Article 14 and Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.

In another context, BJP's Rupam Goswami said, "The Assamese are politically threatened" but perhaps he will personally agree even linguistically and culturally as well.

"I have faith in the younger generation. During the Assam Agitation, their parents came out to preserve our land, culture and tradition. Both the agitation and academics will go on simultaneously. Studies are equally important. The AASU has the support of 30 other organisations including NESO (North East Students Organisation). The spirit of the protest is consuming rural and urban areas across the state. We have called for a shutdown of the entire North East on 10 December," said Bhattacharya.

AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi straightaway dumped the CAB.

"We won't accept CAB in whatsoever form. Our agitation will continue till it's scrapped. We are not tired and won't be. জয় আই অসম  (Jai Aai Axom) is not on our lips, but in our blood," said Gogoi.

The fight against CAB is certainly not over, it has just started.

           In view of the above, we condemn the move and demand before you to withdraw the proposed amendment of Citizenship Act immediately.

Thanking you,

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