By Neha Khan / Siasat
Guwahati: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Wednesday termed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act communal and against the indigenous people of the region, demanding that it be repealed immediately.
The apex body of all students’ unions of the eight states met in Guwahati, a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari that rules regarding the CAA will be framed after the Covid precaution dose vaccination exercise is over.
“We will not accept the CAA. The AASU and others had filed a petition against the law in the Supreme Court, where no hearing has taken place since 2020. We will keep on with our protest against CAA if it is implemented,” NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa told reporters.
NESO advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya described the act as “anti-indigenous, anti-Northeast, anti-people and communal”.
“CAA must go. There is no second thought about it. The government is saying the states with Inner-Line-Permit (ILP) and Sixth Schedule areas are excluded from the CAA. But if Assam and Tripura are affected, then the whole of Northeast will be affected,” he added.
The framing of rules for the CAA will pave the way for its implementation. Passed by Parliament in December 2019, the Act is yet to be rolled out due to the absence of rules. The government has cited the outbreak of the pandemic for not framing them so far.
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