NE protests against citizenship bill

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which is likely to be debated in the parliament on Tuesday, has been met with severe protests in the region even as the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), supported by several organizations announced an 11-hour ‘Northeast bandh’ on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has exited the BJP-led coalition in Assam over the Centre’s stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
AGP president Atul Bora is reported to have met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in an effort to withdraw the bill.
Reports say that since the Centre was adamant on introduction of the bill, the AGP withdrew from the BJP-led coalition in Assam.
Members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and several other organisations of Assam stripped naked and staged a protest in New Delhi against the Centre’s move to table the controversial bill.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, supporting the NESO bandh, has called a statewide bandh. Those appearing for various school and competitive exams have been kept out of the purview of the bandh in the state.