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Assam braves for turmoil once again
Apprehensions of massive protests seems to be growing in Assam with more than three indigenous peoples' organisations including a pro-talks fraction of the ULFA vowing to resist a rally jointly being organised by 26 Bengali organisations of the state on November 17 in Guwahati, reportedly, in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

It has been learnt that the Centre is all set to table the controversial Bill in the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament. The Assam state BJP in its two day-long executive meeting held recently in chief minister Sarbanada Sonowal's constituency Majuli resolved to mobilise the party workers to gather support for the Bill.

According to the party it has support of 28 lakh workers in the state. Immediately after the ruling party's resolution the Bengali organisations had avowed that they would organise a massive rally on November 17 at Khanapara in Guwahati. Since then some indigenous people's organisations started to raise voice against it. As a part of it some organisations resolved to resist the rally. Meanwhile, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has, demanding roll back from the BJP executive committee's recent resolution concerning the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, warned the Sonowal government that the latter would be held responsible if any unexpected incident happens on the day.

The Paresh Barooah-led anti-talks fraction of the ULFA, too, has protested against the BJP-led central government's move to grant non-Musalman immigrants of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who came to India before December, 2014 by the way of passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. The Bill is currently with a joint parliamentary committee. The opposition Congress has alleged that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation in the state would be meaningless if the Bill gets passed in Parliament.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the BJP in the state, too, expressed dissatisfaction over the exercise, reiterating that it would withdraw support to the state government once the Bill turns act. The regional party stated that it would stage protest against the Bill from October 23 this year. All the organisations, which have raised voice against the Bill, are of the opinion that the indigenous people of Assam become minority if the Bill gets passed in Parliament. Interestingly, the Janata Dal (United) led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar pledged to offer support to those who are protesting the Bill.

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