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KMSS stages nude protest in Delhi against the Citizenship (amendment) Bill
A group of activists from Assam's peasants' organisation the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), reportedly, on Monday, staged nude protest in Delhi outside the Parliament demanding immediate repeal of the controversial Citizenship (amendment) Bill,2016.

Several organizations including the KMSS and the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) have been escalating their protests against the controversial Bill since Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4 in addressing an election rally at Silchar, Assam categorically declared that the his government is committed to turn the Bill into law.

Condemning the PM's such stance, the protesting organizations including a large section of people of the state, on Monday, observed a black day in the state as the Modi government proceeded to table the controversial Bill in the Parliament.

It has been seen that many Facebook users have blackened their profile pictures while some others have uploaded black flags in their social media profiles in support of the protests. Apart from these, activists of some pressure groups have staged sit-in-demonstrations almost across the state demanding scrapping of the Bill.

The Northeast Students' Union (NESU), an umbrella organization of almost all the students' outfits of the region including the AASU, has called an 11-hour-long strike against the Bill, strongly condemning PM Modi and the BJP.

It has been learnt that the Modi government has brought the Citizenship (amendment) Bill 2016 to grant Indian citizenship to those non-Muslim immigrants who had intruded into the country from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014.

The KMSS and some other organizations of the state have been vehemently opposing the Bill ever since it was tabled in the Lok Sabha in 2016. For such growing pressure the Modi government had constituted a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into various aspects of the Bill and to take public opinions. Last year the JPC had come to Assam for a public-hearing.

However, it had not only denounced all the opposition views raised by non-political organizations and persons in Assam but also the amendment proposals moved by its opposition parties' members. Meanwhile, it has prepared its final report regarding the Bill to file in the Parliament.

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