More than 130 organisations from across the state of Assam , besides prominent public activists, intellectuals and citizens today extended their support to a democratic mass movement against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in a public convention organised by the Asom Sahitya Sabha here today.
The convention decided to take all necessary measures to oppose the Bill that seeks to “destroy the communal harmony in the society and change the demographic pattern of Assam forever.”
“The sensitive nature of the issues that emerged today and the crisis situation before the larger Assamese society require further detailed discussion. We have consolidated all the opinions and suggestions today and would come up with a declaration in next three days,” Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi said.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) that extended its full support to the convention warned that a proposal was being discussed at different levels to grant work permit to the illegal migrants identified in the NRC update process and allow them to stay here.
The convention also asked the Sabha to take the intellectual leadership in the movement against the Bill and organize all the literary bodies of different communities and tribes of the State over this issue.
Noted intellectual Dr Hiren Gohain sadi that “A section of the people is trying to give it a communal colour, terming it as a protest against Hindu Bengalis. We should never let them succeed in their malicious agenda,” .
However all the prominent citizens participated in the convention however, underscored the need to maintain communal harmony in the process of registering the protest against the Bill.