CAA protest: Thousands stage sit-in-demonstration organised by KSU & Assamese org in Shillong

CAA protest: Thousands stage sit-in-demonstration organised by KSU & Assamese org in Shillong
CAA protest: Thousands stage sit-in-demonstration organised by KSU & Assamese org in Shillong

SHILLONG | DEC 17, 2019:

Hundreds of Assamese population on Monday, took part in the sit-in-demonstration organised by the Shillong Socio-Cultural Assam Students Association and members of the Khasi Student's Union (KSU) led by its general secretary, Donald V Thabah to demand Centre to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and to implement Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873 or Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the whole North Eastern Region. The sit-in-demonstration which was held at Asom Krishti Kendra, Dhankheti.

Talking to reporters, SSCASA adviser, Dheeman Bhuyan said that they have organised this protest against the implementation of the CAA in the region even as demanding the implementation of ILP througout the region.

According to Bhuyan, the CAA will differentiate and seek to divide the indigenous community of the region, he said, "We demand from the Centre to repeal this Act since it is a legislation which is against the interest and sentiments of the people of the region".

He also stated leader of a Hindu organisation in Dhaka, Govinda Chandra Pramanik had told Bangladesh-based reporters that 2.5 crore Hindus from the neighbouring country could migrate to India with the hope of getting citizenship if the CAA is implemented.

"If 2.5 crore Bangladeshi Hindus come into this region then where will we accommodate them. Already there are shortage of government jobs, resources and shortage of space. We cannot accommodate anymore," SSCASA adviser said.

He further said that the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah had stated that States cannot reject the application of CAA in their region since citizenship belongs to the union list as define by the Constitution of India. "Even if the people of the region are against this Act it will not be able to do anything," Bhuyan added.

Meanwhile, KSU general secretary Donald V Thabah said that KSU and SCCASA are supporting the demand of ILP in Meghalaya while KSU is also supporting the Assam Accord, which should be implemented fully in Assam.

Thabah said that the stand of  NESO and KSU is that ILP should be implemented in the whole region. He stated that the two organization has been working together for a very long time, he said that the KSU and SCCASA relations dates back to the year 1979 during the anti foreigner movement.

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