The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Police District (Guwahati) today imposed Section 144 of CrPC in Paltanbazar, Panbazar, Latasil, Chandmari, Geetanagar, Pragjyotishpur, Noonmati, and Satgaon areas ahead of PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the State.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has announced a state-wide protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on the Modi-Shah visit. According to Section 144 assembly of more than 5 (five) persons, agitation, demonstration, rally, procession, Mashal procession, and shouting slogans.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Assam over this weekend to campaign for the Assam Assembly elections.PM Modi will kick off the campaign for the ensuing Assam Assembly elections with a public rally in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar on January 23. He will distribute property deeds to landless families.
AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath announced, “On January 22, all the district units of AASU will hold a torchlight rally. On January 23, we will wear black badges ahead of PM Modi’s first visit to the state this year. During the visit of the Union Home Minister on January 24, we will hoist black flags and burn copies of CAA across the state.”
AASU was part of the Centre’s high-level committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord, which guarantees constitutional, legislative, and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity, and heritage of the Assamese people.
The election to the 126-member Assam assembly is likely to be held in March-April 2021. Assam witnessed massive protests against the CAA-NRC, as Assamese people fear a illegal migrants will threaten their indigenous culture – violating the Assam accords. The BJP is yet to convince the state subjects of the merits of CAA, after the disastrous NRC drive which resulted in the exclusion of 19 lakh citizens.
In 2016, the BJP came to power in Assam promising to drive out illegal migrants.