Assam and CAA

CAA protests: Winds of change in Assam

Print edition : January 31, 2020

The singer Zubeen Garg (in hat) with All Assam Students’ Union chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya (on his right), AASU president Dipankar Kumar Nath, and other artistes from different parts of Assam play traditional musical instruments during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Guwahati on January 9. Photo: PTI

A torchlight procession against the new citizenship legislation by the AASU and ethnic organisations, in Guwahati on January 3. Photo: BIJU BORO/AFP

A silent “peace rally” led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with senior Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP State president Ranjeet Kumar Dass in Dhemaji district on January 8. Peace rallies by the ruling party leaders require heavy security deployment to keep anti-CAA protesters at bay. Photo: PTI

A rally against the CAA by the AASU joined by local residents at Beltola in Guwahati on January 8. Photo: PTI

Although the AGP leadership is clinging on to the party’s alliance with the BJP, a vocal section in the party has come out strongly against the CAA. A protest by this section in front of the AGP headquarters in Guwahati. Photo: PTI

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act has triggered a resurgence of regionalism in Assam and fuelled speculation about a new party that may be formed to take on the ruling dispensation and its agenda which is perceived to be violative of the Assam Accord.
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