CAA-fear grips Assam once again after Nadda's statement, protests erupt across state

CAA-fear grips Assam once again after Nadda's statement, protests erupt across state

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Jorhat: Protests have erupted across Assam once again against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (or CAA) after the Bharatiya Janata Party's national president JP Nadda’s recent declaration in North Bengal regarding the implementation of the controversial legislation.

All Assam Students' Union (AASU) members of Jorhat today burnt the effigy of BJP national president JP Nadda in front of the office complex of Jorhat Deputy Commissioner to protest against the Central Government’s reported move to implement Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

The activists, led by Jorhat district unit AASU Assistant general secretary Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi, were protesting against a statement made by Nadda in a poll meeting in Siliguri, West Bengal recently where he (Nadda) disclosed that the Centre was preparing the blueprint for implementing the controversial 'CAA' soon.

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The protesters, holding placards and banners, lambasted the BJP-led Government at the Centre and the party for its intent to implement the citizenship amendment law, which was challenged by a number of groups and organizations in the Supreme Court with the apex court yet to give its verdict on the issue.

The protesters demanded the Government to take steps to send back illegal foreign migrants from Assam.

Similarly, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad's Nagaon unit on Thursday burnt the effigy of JP Nadda in front of the BJP head office in Nagaon. The students' body warned of strong protests in the days to come if the CAA is implemented.

It needs mention here that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. It amended the Citizenship Act, 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for illegal migrants of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The BJP-led government's move to amend the citizenship law has been met with widespread protests across the land.

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