Copies of Citizenship Act burnt as Assam celebrates Bhogali Bihu


GUWAHATI | January 16, 2020:

People celebrating harvest festival 'Bhogali Bihu', in Assam on Wednesday activists of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) are burning copies of the controversial law, Citizenship Amendment Act in meji bonfires across the state.

Agitators are using the main harvest festival- the Magh Bihu- as an opportunity to vent their anger against the ruling BJP government, who they accuse of betraying the people's mandate by supporting the legislation in parliament. The excitement of the festivities is there, but tinged with some anxiety about the future.

People seemed less enthusiastic about celebrating the festival as five people were killed allegedly due to police firing during anti-CAA protests in the state in December last year.

Banners opposing the amended citizenship law are not going anywhere for now. "The situation is very tricky because our community is facing difficult times. The agitation will continue even as we go about our day-to-day routine," Hazarika said.

It is to be mention, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) seeks to grant Indian citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh fleeing persecution there.