Members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a highly influential farmers' body in Assam, are staging a massive protest today against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Today, the peasant body is protesting the Government's move to enact the controversial Citizenship Bill.
Leading a protest from Guwahati Club to the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati, the peasant body's leader Akhil Gogoi said that the body will not accept the Bill at any cost, and condemned the Government for its intention to impose the same. Many farmers' leaders have gathered at the location, and are mobilizing the farmers -- who have come from many parts of the state -- to raise their voice against the Bill.
While announcing the protest, the peasant leader, Gogoi, had alleged that the enactment of the Bill could open the floodgates to over 1.7 crore Bangladeshi nationals to enter the Indian Union and claim citizenship.
It may be mentioned here that protests against the Bill have been continuing in Assam ever since the Government stated its intention to table the Bill during the ongoing winter session of Parliament.
Yesterday, the the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged torchlight rallies to mark their opposition to the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The AASU leaders further warned the Government that they will not accept the Bill, nor the ‘Bangladeshis’ it seeks to give refuge to.
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