"I have never been with Maoists, am not with them, and will never be with them in the future too. It’s a ploy to delegitimise the people’s uprising and derail the movement. This has been done to alienate the progressive elements of the movement and destroy it,” said Gogoi.
It was a design of PFI and a so-called agitationist group of Assam, along with activists of a section of the Congress party, said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
On Monday, demonstrations, protests involving cultural events and rallies were held across the state in a peaceful manner. No incident of violence was reported.
Of the 33 districts in the state, only three are in Barak Valley — a Bengali-majority region comprising Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj and home to a large population of post-Partition
The family of Ishwar Nayak (25) alleged he was killed in police firing. He succumbed to a bullet injury he suffered during clashes in Guwahati on Thursday, a senior official of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) told The Indian Express.
In Guwahati, artistes like Zubeen Garg and Barsha Rani Bishaya addressed crowds. One painter used charcoal and ash from the police-protesters clashes for his work.
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There were sporadic protests in the city — with tyres burning, road dividers destroyed, stones thrown, and clashes between security forces and protesters.
While most shops remained shut, pharmacies remained open till late afternoon. Autos and rickshaws were plying in most parts of the city.
“I am ready to have a dialogue with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other organisations. We are always open from our side. Through discussion any confusion can be solved,” he said.
The sharp escalation caught the state government on the wrong foot, just a day after officials maintained that they were in control of the situation while alleging that the agitation was largely fuelled by misinformation.
Three party MPs from Assam told The Indian Express that there is a “lot of misunderstanding over the Bill” but stressed that “this is not the way to protest”.
Shortly after the Citizenship Bill was passed, with 125 MPs voting in favour and 105 against, BJP members burst firecrackers to celebrate outside the party’s office in Itkhola locality. “Morality and majority both with BJP,” said Rajdip Roy, BJP MP from Silchar.
Sonowal urged grassroots leaders of the party to speak out against “misinformation” spread by leaders of various organisations against the Bill.
“People don’t realize the implications this Bill can have 50 years later. It is dangerous and that’s why I have decided to withdraw my film,” says Barua. “We are a society where language is one of the main drivers — and this Bill will lead to the destruction of language and culture of Assam in the next 50 to 100 years.”
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday met officials from bodies representing persons with disabilities (PwDs) and assured them of relaxing criteria such as prior job experience, computer and sports skills for grade 4 jobs in state departments, an official said.
He said that after receiving the final audit, the government would assess the importance of the extent of the irregularities and take further action.
Hajela’s transfer followed his deteriorating relationship with the Assam government, and criticism of him by the state BJP.
State Congress spokesperson Rhituporna Konwar said, “We totally oppose CAB and will continue our protests against it. It is unconstitutional and illegal.”
Rupjyoti Kurmi had to be administered three stitches on his palm due to his act. He had told reporters that the Assam government will not be allowed to "sell the state's future".