NESO calls for 11-hr NE bandh on Jan 8 against citizenship bill

NESO calls for 11-hr NE bandh on Jan 8 against citizenship bill
Samujjal Bhattacharya addresses a press conference Saturday. (PTI)
DIMAPUR, JAN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/5/2019 11:43:55 AM IST

North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), an amalgamation of apex students’ bodies of the seven North Eastern states, has called for an 11-hour North East bandh against Centre’s bid to pass the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the parliament, while the AKRSU and Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) have also called for a 12-hour Assam bandh over ST status demand on January 8.

NESO, comprising of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Khashi Students’ Union (KSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) vehemently condemned the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Bill will be passed soon. 

The 11-hour bandh called by NESO will begin from 5 a.m. of January 8.

Addressing a press conference at Guwahati Saturday, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that the BJP government has forced them to declare bandh despite their reluctance.

“BJP government has snubbed the protests being carried out by the people of Assam against the Citizenship Bill and made an all out effort to pass it in the parliament. We will in no way accept it,” Bhattacharyya said.

Bhattacharya said that the AASU and 30 organisations will observe black day on January 7, when JPC will submit its report in the parliament. He further said that they will burn copies of the Bill across the state on that day as a mark of protests.

In a press note, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa and secretary general Sinam Prakash Singh asserted that the students’ bodies will never accept the Bill, saying “the move by government of India is an imposition on the sentiments of the indigenous people of the North East and is very dangerous as it will reduce the indigenous people of NE to a minority.”

In this regard, NESO has requested the people of the North East region to co-operate during the bandh in order to send out a clear message to the Centre that North East is not a dumping ground of illegal migrants.


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