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CAB fallout: Aasu, others to intensify protest

GUWAHATI: Organisations opposed to CAB, including the All Assam Students Union, have decided to intensify their agitation against the proposed legislation after the Union Cabinet cleared the bill for reintroduction in Parliament.

Assam FM Himanta Biswa Sarma said CAB was likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha next Monday and in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Sarma’s remark indicates the government does not expect the bill to be passed in a day in the Lok Sabha, where BJP has a majority.

According to a source, Aasu had said CAB was not acceptable as it went ‘against interest’ of the people of Assam during a meeting Union home minister Amit Shah had with organisations from Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Aasu and 30 allied groups launched a three-day statewide protest demonstration on Wednesday. All its districts and regional units will participate in the protest against the bill.

Aasu chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said: “We will not allow Assam to become Bangladesh. We will agitate. Even if the government imposes CAB, taking advantage of its majority in Parliament, we will not accept it.

It is illegal, unconstitutional and against the interest of indigenous people.” Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad leader Palash Changmai alleged ‘stakeholder meeting by Shah was an eyewash’.

Source: Economic Times