The ‘Ranahungkar’ programme organized by the students of Cotton University against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) has been started with hundreds of people participating in the protest.
Various sections of people including Assam heartthrob Zubeen Garg and the students of JNU, Delhi University, and other universities and colleges have extended their support to the protest rally organized by Cotton University.
Addressing the protest rally, Representatives from Gauhati University said, “This is not a war against Bengali community, this is a war to protect our motherland from illegal immigrants.”
Artists from various fields including Tarali Sarma, Manas Robin, Amrita Gogoi, Senior Journalist Ajit Bhuyan, Social activist Udayaditya Bharali are among others who participated in the protest rally.
Zubeen Garg in a video message extended his support to the programme. He further urged all sections of people, especially the student community to take part in the protest rally.
Recently, the students of Cotton University also staged a protest march in the city demanding the withdrawal of the bill from Parliament. They said that the bill would harm the Assamese community in the future.
The CAB seeks to amend a 1955 law to grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years; and students of Cotton University along with other organizations have been continuously opposing the bill.