Anti-CAA: Colleges, varsities in NE to remain shut today

Anti-CAA: Colleges, varsities in NE to remain shut today
Amit Shah (File)
DIMAPUR, JAN 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/21/2020 11:26:39 AM IST

ANCSU, NURSF, NTCA & DNSU call for total closure

All colleges and universities of the North Eastern region will likely remain shut on Wednesday as various student bodies have called for a total shutdown of these educational institutions against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.

The shutdown has been called to coincide with the Supreme Court conducting a hearing of the various petitions filed before it challenging the constitutional validity of the Act. 

The universities in the Northeast that are likely to be affected by the shutdown call are Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, North Eastern Hill University, Tezpur University, Assam Women’s University, Assam Agricultural University, Nagaland University, Rajiv Gandhi University and NERIST. Organizations like the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and students from most of the universities and colleges across the North East have been raising their voice against the CAA.

And considering the repercussions of CAA on the people of North Eastern States and in a show of solidarity and participation with the student fraternity of the region, All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) president Vimeyiekho Vitso and general secretary Imnameren Jamir appealed to all colleges in Nagaland to observe total shutdown.

Noting that Supreme Court would hold a hearing on the petitions filed before it challenging the validity of the Act on Wednesday, the student body pointed out that the university students’ fraternity of the Northeast had already declared a total shutdown of all universities and colleges in the region that day. 

Contending that the day would mark an important event for the entire country, ANCSU asserted that it firmly believed that Supreme Court would neither delay its verdict nor legalise CAA, which it termed as unconstitutional in nature.

The student body mentioned that the Act had been passed by Parliament amid massive protests. It regretted that despite opposition from right-thinking citizens of the country to CAA and their democratic protests, their voices had fallen on deaf ear. This was stated in a press release by Vimeyiekho Vitso and Imnameren N Jamir, president and general secretary respectively of the organisation.

NURSF: Nagaland University Research Scholar Forum (NURSF) has called for a “total shutdown” of Nagaland University (Lumami) on January 22, 2020.

In this regard, NURSF informed that a protest would be held against CAA at the University’s main gate from 9 January 22. 

Calling upon well-wishers to join and support the cause, NURSF said as a conscience body, it stands united with the declaration of North Eastern University’s Student Fraternity for a total shut down.

NTCA: Nagaland Theological Colleges’ Association (NTCA) has requested all Theological colleges in Nagaland to observe “total closure” of institutions on January 22 in support of the clarion call made by ANCSU, to protest against CAA. In a press note, NTCA media cell has also requested all colleges to uphold the cause with unceasing prayer.

DNSU: Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has appealed to all colleges and universities in Dimapur to observe total shutdown on Wednesday.

The union explained the call had been given to express solidarity with the North-eastern university student fraternity that had declared a total shutdown of all universities and colleges in the region.

Mentioning that the Supreme Court would hold hearing on the petitions filed before it challenging the validity of CAA, DNSU hoped that during the hearing the apex court would address the “unconstitutional and contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and its ill-repercussions on the indigenous masses of North-eastern States”.

This was stated in a press release by the union’s media cell.

Despite protests, CAA will not be withdrawn: Shah
LUCKNOW, JAN 21: Attacking the opposition for “misleading” people on the Citizenship Amendment Act, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the law will not be scrapped despite the protests over it.
Addressing a rally here in support of the CAA, Shah also declared that the construction of a Ram temple “touching the skies” in Ayodhya will begin within three months.
The minister accused the Congress of not implementing the suggestions that came from its own leaders in the past on granting citizenship to minority Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) and Afghanistan after Partition.
He also targeted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, saying she is now opposing Indian citizenship for Dalit Bengalis.
Amit Shah said there was no provision in the amended law for taking anyone’s citizenship away. “A canard is being spread against the CAA by the Congress, SP, BSP, and Trinamool Congress.”
The CAA is a law to grant citizenship, he added.
“I want to say that irrespective of the protests it will not be withdrawn,” he added. Shah challenged opposition leaders to hold a discussion with him on the CAA at a public forum.
“If any clause of the CAA takes away the citizenship of anyone, including Muslims, they can tell me. The agitations and sit-ins being organised in the country against it, are wrong,” he said.
“The Congress has become blind due to vote bank politics,” he said, and also blamed the party for Partition.


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