As the protest against the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) refuses to die, the Assam Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to take out peace rallies in the state to allay the fears and doubts of the citizens.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on December 20th, 2019 led a mammoth pro-citizenship law rally calling for peace and harmony in Lower Assam’s Nalbari. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patwory, Assam BJP Chief Ranjeet Kumar Das along with other party leaders were part of the huge BJP rally in Nalbari, about 70 km from capital Dispur.
A massive violent protest broke in the state after the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on December 11th, 2019 forcing the administration to impose curfew and ban internet services.
The situation came under control after days of protests and the state is presently largely peaceful. The mobile internet services were restored on December 20th, 2019, nine days after it was suspended.
Dass informed that BJP will take like peace rallies in Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tezpur among other areas. “We will take out a peace rally in Tinsukia on December 26th, 2019 and in Jagiroad on December 27th, 2019,” he said.
Sonowal told reporters in Nalbari that his party, the BJP, is reaching out to people to calm them down through a peace rally.
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