Traditional bonfire and feasting were accompanied by widespread protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the length and breadth of the state from Monday evening.
The anti Bill protest dominated the festivity as folks in the rural and urban areas vowed to vehemently oppose the Bill that promises citizenship to non Muslim neighbours who intruded into the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to escape religious persecution till December 31, 2014.
Senior Congressleader and former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on sharpened his predecessor Sarbananda Sonowal and called him the weakest of all the Chief Ministers.
Talking to reporters in Guwahati in the sidelines of the Bihu celebrations on Tuesday morning, Gogoi said Sonowal lack courage to oppose the Bill.
“Sonowal can’t take any decision. He is being controlled by Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chandra Mohan Patowary,” said Gogoi who vowed to resist the NDA government the move to ensure smooth passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
In a related development, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi along with his followers from 70 other organizations have completed 24 hours hunker strike in Guwahati in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The folks on Monday night opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by throwing the copies into the bonfire after they had harvest feast amid low profile celebration of the much vaunted festival.
Security forces have been put on alert to ensure peace and normalcy during the Independence Day celebrations across the state on Wednesday.
Additional forces are remaining stand by at sensitive locations to foil any attempt by militant outfits to create distrubances. The government has some intelligence inputs about ULFA’s possible attempt to disrupt the celebrations in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.
A 'red alert' has already been sounded across the state, which witnessed a few IED blasts targeted at security personnel during the past couple of weeks, particularly in Goalpara district. The anti-talk faction of ULFA has called a customary state-wide bandh on the day.
The Centre has sounded alert on Assam a day before ULFA’s Army Day on Friday.
A Home Ministry letter on Wednesday has instructed the Assam government to tighten security in the state apprehending strike by the outfit’s Paresh Baruah faction. Security forces are in place in all sensitive installations, crowded places, markets, railway stations and tracks to foil any attempt by the extremists to disrupt peace.
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