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Northeast India strike called against Citizenship Bill

  • Published at 12:00 am January 7th, 2019
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File photo: People wait to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Goroimari of Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018 AFP

NESO is a political organization comprising all student bodies of India’s Northeast

The North East Students Organization (NESO) has called for a strike in Northeast India over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on January 8 from dawn till dusk.

NESO is a political organization comprising all student bodies of India’s Northeast.

The decision to observe a strike across the entire Northeast comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to go ahead with the Citizenship Bill while addressing a poll rally in Assam’s Silchar on January 4.

“The government is moving ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. It is related with the emotions of the masses as well as their lives. It is not for anyone’s benefits. It is the atonement of the mistakes committed at the time of India’s partition,” Modi said.

He also expressed hope that the bill would be passed by the Indian Parliament soon.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced to India’s lower house in July, 2016 by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The Bill aims to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who left Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to escape religious persecution.

Taking strong exception, NESO warned the government not to play with the future of the indigenous people of North East just for vote-bank politics.

The students’ body also appealed to the people of entire Northeast India to cooperate with the strike as the region is not a dumping ground for illegal immigrants.