Tarun Gogoi,veteran Congress leader and 3-time former Chief Minister of Assam, donned lawyer's robes after more than three decades on Wednesday, as he begins preparations to fight against the contentious amendment of the Citizenship Act.
The lawyer-turned-politician Gogoi was in court to assist Congress leader P Chidambaram, as the apex court took up a batch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
The last time the former chief minister of Assam was in Court to argue a case, it was as far back was in 1983, a year of violent unrest in Assam that was in the midst of the 'Agitation'.
Meanwhile, the apex court adjourned the matter till January 22 after issuing a notice to the Centre.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the ruling BJP, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha, were among those who filed pleas. Notably, as many as 15 different organizations from Assam have taken the fight against the contentious Bill-turned-Act to the Supreme Court.
Tarun Gogoi's son and fellow Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi, who has recently gone viral in social media for his vehement opposition to the C(A)A (then C(A)B) at the Lok Sabha, took to Twitter to share this exciting bit of news for the C(A)A opposers. "My father and former 3-term Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi dons his lawyer robes to file his case against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court today."
It may be mentioned here that Gogoi has been opposed to the Act, which he claims is "discriminatory", since it was introduced by the rival BJP party.
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