Northeast: Anti-CAA voices get louder as Amit Shah visits Assam

The protest warning followed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent statement in West Bengal that the CAA would be implemented once the COVID-19 situation in the country ebbs.

Several organisations based in the northeast states have threatened to resume their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) if the Union government tries to implement it.

The protest warning followed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah‘s recent statement in West Bengal that the CAA would be implemented once the COVID-19 situation in the country ebbs.

The warning of northeast organisations has been also sounded ahead of Shah’s three-day tour of Assam from May 9 for a slew of events.

The All Assam Students’ Union and the Raijor Dal, a political party headed by MLA Akhil Gogoi, have said any attempt to implement the CAA would be opposed.

The AASU said Assam would not accept the “foreigners,” whether they are Hindus or Muslims.

“The BJP got the CAA passed in Parliament because it has the numbers. But popular sentiments are against the Act because it had overlooked the concerns of the indigenous people of the northeast,” read a statement by the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad.

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has cautioned the Union to not make any attempt to implement the contentious CAA, asserting that it is not acceptable to the indigenous citizens of the region.

In Meghalaya, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) said any attempt to implement the CAA would lead to unrest in Meghalaya. The Union, instead, should implement the inner-line permit system in Meghalaya to check the entry of “illegal immigrants,” they said.