Amid violent protests in Assam and elsewhere in the northeast against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), the Congress on Thursday said the situation in the region was "extremely disturbing", and what was happening there was a repeat of Jammu and Kashmir.The opposition party also accused the BJP of "insulting, ignoring and forgetting the northeast" and alleged "this level of outrage has been provoked" by the ruling party.The Congress said that these protests, which, according to officials, claimed at least two lives in Assam on Thursday, are "spontaneous" and are not linked to any political party. The Congress also accused the government of asking the media not to show the "real picture" in the northeast.Close Speaking to the media here, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reiterated his assertion that the CAB passed by Parliament is unconstitutional. related news 47.86 GW of renewable energy capacity installed in India over six years: Govt Modi, Shah should tell if they want … [Read more...] about As anti-CAB protests rock Northeast, Cong says situation akin to J&K, slams BJP
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Thousands of people defied curfew in Assam’s Guwahati on December 12, and took to the streets, prompting police to open fire. This happened as protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified in Assam.Police said they had to open fire in Lalung Gaon area of Guwahati after stones were hurled by the protesters. The agitators claimed that at least four persons were injured in the shooting.The police also had to fire in the air in several other areas of the city, including the Guwahati-Shillong Road as protesters vandalised shops and buildings, burnt tyres and clashed with security forces.Close Students' body All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and peasants' organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) called for a mega gathering at Latashil playground in the city, which was attended by hundreds of people. Notwithstanding the restrictions, several prominent personalities from the film and music industry, including icon Zueen Garg, joined the gathering along with college … [Read more...] about Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests: People defy curfew, police open fire in Assam
Student protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against hostel fee hike, are showing no signs of simmering down. On December 9, students marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan were reportedly baton-charged by the police. Many were detained.According to JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, "Several students, including women, have been detained by police which brutally attacked the protesters, asking us to go back to campus."Students, who were seen raising slogans like "Delhi Police go back" and "Education must be free for all", said that they will not budge until their demand for a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike is met. The JNUTA, a teacher’s association, has also called a sit-in in solidarity with the student’s demands.Close The students have been protesting for over a month and have now called for boycotting of examinations till their demands are met. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is holding parleys with the student council … [Read more...] about JNU students not alone in protesting against fee hike: Here are varsities missed by national media
In light of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill intensifying in the Northeast, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma announced on January 29 that 10 political parties, including allies of the BJP, have unanimously opposed the bill.Meanwhile, a conglomerate of 64 civil society organisations has called for a statewide 24-hour strike in Manipur on January 30.The contentious bill has the capability of ruining the prospects of the saffron party in the Northeast given the vehement opposition by regional parties, even the BJP’s allies.Close The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 so as to make illegal immigrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for Indian citizenship. related news In pics | Massive protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Northeast, other regions Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests: People defy curfew, police open fire in Assam Jharkhand … [Read more...] about Why is BJP firm on Citizenship Amendment Bill despite violent protests and risk of losing Northeast?
Ongoing stir in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has raised uncertainty over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposed visit to India. Abe is slated to attend an annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Assam’s Guwahati on December 15-16.Assam has witnessed massive protests since the contentious Bill was tabled in Parliament. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 9 and the Rajya Sabha on December 11.The protest’s effect is also being seen on the scheduled summit meeting between PM Modi and Abe. According to reports, protesters damaged a stage erected on a road for Abe’s visit.Close Also read: ‘No one can take away your rights’, PM Modi assures people of Assam on CAB related news RBI has not put banks on alert: Shaktikanta Das Modi govt will try to address concerns over Citizenship Bill, Amit Shah assures Tripura delegations Indo-US 2+2 talks opportunity to deepen strong partnership … [Read more...] about PM Modi-Shinzo Abe summit venue may change amid protests in Assam over CAB: Reports