Citizenship Bill protests HIGHLIGHTS: AASU, 30 outfits organise massive rally in Assamhttps://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/citizenship-bill-protests-live-updates-assam-rally-5551902/

Citizenship Bill protests HIGHLIGHTS: AASU, 30 outfits organise massive rally in Assam

Citizenship Bill protests HIGHLIGHTS: The Citizenship Bill has sparked outrage across the Northeast, particularly Assam, where people expressed fears of mass migration from Bangladesh.

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Citizenship Bill protests LIVE Updates: Amid spreading protests, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was shown black flags on Tuesday. (Express photo)

Protests against the Citizenship Bill in Assam intensified as 30 indigenous groups led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organised a public rally on Wednesday in Guwahati. The passage of the bill has triggered protests across the Northeast, particularly Assam, where people expressed fears of mass migration from Bangladesh.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.

Amid escalating protests, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was shown black flags on Tuesday. Students also held a two-hour ‘Gana Hartaal’ against the Bill in Sivasagar and stripped themselves partially, while all shops were closed and vehicles were off the road during that period.

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Kalpana, 72, remembers taking part in the Assam agitation of 1979

A 72-years-old woman at the AASU protest in Guwahati says she also took part in the Assam Agitation of 1979.

Guwahati: People play traditional cymbals while taking part AASU's mass agitation

Guwahati: People play traditional cymbals while taking part in All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)'s mass agitation programme against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Guwahati, Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Guwahati: People play traditional cymbals while taking part in All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)'s mass agitation programme against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Guwahati, Wednesday. (PTI Photo) 

WATCH | Singer Zubeen Garg arrives at the AASU protest

WATCH | Singer Zubeen Garg arrives at the AASU protest. He sang his new song, which he composed specifically to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Mizoram faces Citizenship Bill protests as thousands hit streets

Thousands of people, including students, came on the streets across different places in Mizoram on Wednesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, reports PTI. Effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were torched, as protesters took out rallies from here, seven district headquarters and at over 50 other places. Raising slogans and carrying placards, the agitators demanded the resignation of the PM and the home minister, alleging that the controversial bill will endanger the very existence of the Mizos.

The rally was organised by the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo students federation, which had also organised an 11-hour, state-wide bandh on January 8. MZP president said if the bill is passed, it would lead to the "total alienation of the Mizo people".

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.

Celebrities extend support to Citizenship Bill protests

Assamese singer Zubeen Garg threatened to launch an agitation if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not withdrawn, he has held good on his promise. Garg wrote on Facebook: “Can I get the votes back that you earned using my voice in 2016?”

Filmmaker Rima Das, singers like Angaraag Mahanta (better known as Papon) as well as Bipin Chowdang, Neel Akash, Kusum Kailash have all made public their views on the Bill. Chowdang, Akash and Kailash took part in the protest against the Bill in Dibrugarh, singing songs of Bhupen Hazarika.

Amid protests, Centre says state's consent essential for citizenship

With opposition mounting against the Citizenship Bill, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought to allay fears among people and said foreigners would not be granted Indian citizenship without the consent of state governments concerned. The MHA also said that a proposal to “provide incentives to those people who want to settle anywhere in India, except the North East” is currently under consideration. Read more

Protesters bring traditional gamusas to rally

Citizenship Bill protests: 5,000 people gather in Guwahati

Bill will make it problematic for BJP to go around freely: AASU General Secretary

Addressing the crowd, AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi warned against implementing the Bill saying it would make it "problematic for BJP leaders and workers to go around freely." He also said that Assam has always belonged to indigenous people, and in the future too it will belong to the indigenous.

Welcome to the live blog. A massive rally has been organised by AASU and 30 indigenous groups against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The rally is organised in Guwahati’s Latasil. Follow this space as we track the latest development from Assam

Simply Put: Why Assam, Northeast are angry

A protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Prem Nath Pandey

Among those against the Citizenship Bill are leaders of non-BJP parties, BJP allies and a few of the BJP too, with influential groups such as the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), civil society organisations and leading intellectuals. Mahanta’s AGP has pulled out of the BJP-led government. Protesters have held rallies and meetings, and observed a Northeast bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) and AASU. Students have boycotted classes. A section of the protesters attacked BJP offices in Assam; four others were injured in police action in Tripura.