The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) – an umbrella organisation of eight student bodies of the North Eastern region, on Monday held protest marches against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 across all the states in the region.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be tabled in the winter session of parliament that started today.
In Guwahati, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) – a major constituent of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) held demonstration in front of the Raj Bhawan.
Several hundred activists of the student body including its Advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, President Dipanka Nath, General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, students marched to Raj Bhawan and shouted slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Apart from Guwahati, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Khasi Students' Union (KSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Naga Students' Federation (NSF), Twipra Student Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU) held protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in other states of the North Eastern region.
The protesters had submitted memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah against the bill through the Governor of each state.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 is aimed to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.