The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), a conglomeration of student bodies from across the northeastern region observed December 11 as “black day” marking the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) – now Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by both the Upper and Lower houses of the Parliament despite strong opposition by political parties and social organisations alike in Northeast.
Anti-CAA slogans were raised by social organisations and banners were put up across cities and districts of the northeastern states.
2019 witnessed mass protests and agitation in Northeast India against the CAB now CAA as they felt this act is a threat to the ethnic identity of the indigenous communities in the region.
Following the passing and enactment of the CAA, pressure groups have raised the demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit to curb influx which may arise out of the implementation of CAA. While Nagaland (with reference to Dimapur) and Manipur were accorded ILP, the Centre is yet to decide on Meghalaya.
In Meghalaya, pressure groups have launched series of agitations to pressurise the Centre give its nod to the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on December 19, 2019 on ILP.
Student bodies in Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh took to the streets on December 11 to observe the black day by hanging anti-CAA posters and holding black flags.