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  • AASU protests Prime Minister Narendra Modi upcoming Assam visit, Assam government employee protest against CAA wearing black badge.

    Published on December 31, 2019

    by Bhupen Goswami
    Guwahati : On the last day of 2019, Assam Government employees across the state could be seen wearing black badges. The employees, extending solidarity to the Sadao Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), wore the badges to work, in a continuance of the democratic and non-violent protests against the ‘Citizenship Amendment Act’.Bashab Chandra Kalita, the President of the SAKP, stated that the body has been protesting against the ‘CAA’ ever since it was implemented. “Our organization has been opposing the CAA. On 18th December, we had taken a leave to protest CAA on December 18. However, this time, we are working, and at the same time, we are also protesting”, Kalita said.
    Upon being asked about the organization’s demands in regards to the ‘CAA’, he said, “We have only one message – CAA should be scrapped at once. Meanwhile,The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has announced to launch a series of agitation across the state to mark their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. As per the AASU’s announcement, the students’ body will hold meetings, marches, and other agitation programs all across Assam from January 1, 2020.Addressing the media, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, president Dipankar Nath and General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi threatened, “If Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Assam to inaugurate the upcoming sports event, ‘Khelo India’, the protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will be intensified further.”
    It may be mentioned that the much-awaited Khelo India is scheduled to be held in Guwahati from January 10 to January 22, 2020.
    The AASU leaders stated that, on January 31, the students’ body will extend its support to the government employees opposing the C(A)A.
    In the series of protest programs, the AASU has announced state-wide tributes to the five martyrs of the C(A)A agitation, who died during firing by police.
    On January 3, state-wide protests will be launched against the contentious Act under the banner of the AASU.On January 9, the students’ body will stage a protest by collaborating with the folk artistes of Assam, themed “men of letters” and instruments standing in solidarity with the AASU against the CAA.
    On January 10, the students’ body has announced to oppose PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Assam’s Guwahati, who will be inaugurating Khelo India.
    On January 11, all the district units of the AASU will launch protests, and call upon the people of the state to demand the scrapping of the contentious Bill turned Act.