Unidentified miscreants pasted anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill posters in front of the gate and walls of Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s house in Guwahati in the intervening night of December 6th-7th, 2019.
The posters mostly read ‘you are our education minister, not our master’, ‘i am the education minister, students cannot protest against CAB’ and so on.
This came after the Education department had forwarded a notification to all the elementary schools requesting the concerned officials ‘not to allow the students to participate in the CAB agitation or any other such mobs during the school hours or outside the school campus in school uniforms’. The notification also stated that ‘disciplinary action’ will be initiated against the head of the respective institutions.
Meanwhile, Cotton University students shouting slogans of ‘Joi Aai Axom’ burnt effigies of the Minister and continued to stage protest against Citizenship bill.
Amide widespread protests in Assam and few Northeastern states, the contentious Bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet on December 4th, 2019. It is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on December 9th, 2019 and will be taken up for discussion on December 10th, 2019.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India on or before December 31st, 2014.
Photo: Smita Rani Deka