Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, continues with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 27 other organizations holding an 11-hour mass hunger strike at the Assam Engineering Institute playground in Chandmari, Guwahati.
Along with the AASU leadership, representatives from other organizations, including AGP leaders Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, party president and Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, working president Keshab Mahanta, took part in the mass hunger strike.
Several eminent personalities, including intellectuals and senior and veteran journalists, also extended support to the mass hunger strike that began at 6 am and will end at 5 in the evening. Incidentally, it’s for the first time in four decades that the AASU has organized a mass hunger strike, the list time something similar took place was during the six-year-old Assam Agitation.
Meanwhile, pro-talks ULFA leader Anup Chetia once again reiterated that the outfit will walk out of peace talks with the central government if the latter goes ahead with the bill and ratifies it into an act.
It may be mentioned here that the AASU, AJYCP and several other organizations have been opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that proposes awarding citizenship to minority communities living in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, including Hindu Bangladeshis, and facing persecution there.