Sonowal takes out padayatra, AASU holds protests

Nalbari / Guwahati, Dec 20 (ANS) | Publish Date: 12/20/2019 11:44:04 AM IST

With normalcy returning to Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with his ministers and BJP workers took out a silent padayatra for peace here on Friday which also saw protests by AASU and other organisations across Assam against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Sonowal, accompanied by ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chandramohan Patowary, Bhabesh Kalita, BJP state party president Ranjeet Das, Bodoland People’s Front Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, AGP and BJP workers took part in the peace rally here.

AASU on the other hand organised a massive protest meeting calling it ‘Bajra Ninad’ (War Cry) here.

The chief minister addressing the people before the rally appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony so that “we can take Assam to greater heights”.

He later tweeted that the rally was a “call for peace and harmony, a call that the people of Assam want to continue on the path of development and progress”.

Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the rally was organised to ensure peace and uninterrupted development of Assam, which its people want.

He later tweeted that a large number of enthusiastic people joined the march led by the chief minister. “I thank people for your continued faith in us. Your love keeps us driving to achieve the best”. In another tweet, he said the “Affection of people and their spirited participation in the peace march was heart touching. From small children to elderly women – everyone astoundingly reposed their faith once more in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah”.

Speakers at the AASU rally said that the people had peacefully protested against the CAA here and there is no need for a peace rally here. Instead the state government should pressurise the centre to revoke the CAA, the speakers asserted.  The speakers included AASU organising secretary Himan Barman, Nalbari Students Union general secretary Gunajyoti Pathak among others.

The protestors with traditional Assamese ‘gamosas’ tied around their heads and shouted slogans against the CAA.

Protests against the Act was also held across the state by different organisations. Silpi Samaj, which is at the forefront of the agitation against the Act along with AASU, organised a massive rally at Hajo in Lower Assam in which popular singer Zubeen Garg was present.

The All Assam Lawyers Association (AALA) took out a ‘Raj Bhawan Chalo’ and submitted a memorandum to Governor Jagadish Mukhi demanding withdrawal of the Act.

A torchlight procession was taken out this evening of Sanmilita Songram Parishad, a platform of 51 organisations formed to demand the revocation of the Act. 

Nobody will come from Bangladesh: Sonowal 
Allaying fears that over one crore Hindus from Bangladesh would come to Assam as a fallout of the Citizenship Amendment Act, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said he has invited the leaders of the protest for discussions. Sonowal said his government would identify the “unholy forces” which fomented the trouble and take strict action against them. “I and my government respect all the protesters including students, activists and media personalities who are agitating against the Citizenship law, but we do not support the violence being committed in the name of protest.” “We believe in democracy and non-violence, and those disturbing peace are the actual enemies of the state. I will take a strict stand against the unholy forces. We want peace, not unrest. The unholy forces will be identified,” he said in his first media briefing after violent protests against the CAA broke out in Assam. He said a Special investigation Team (SIT) would enquire into all cases of violence during the anti-CAA protests in the state. The chief minister alleged that some people were spreading ‘’misinformation’’ that one crore Hindus from Bangladesh would come to Assam after CAA was implemented. “Nobody will come from Bangladesh, because there is a cut-off date in the Act. Only those residing here after facing religious persecution (in Bangladesh) would be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship.


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