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Akhil Gogoi to hold hunger strike on coming Bihu festival

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

(KMSS) Friday announced that he will hold a 24-hour hunger strike on the coming festival, of which community feast is an integral part, to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

"I will not celebrate this time and will not eat anything on 'Uruka'. I will observe a 24-hour hunger strike with other representatives of 70 organisations from afternoon of January 14 to protest against the Bill," he told a press conference.

On 'Uruka' night, the first day of the three-day Magh Bihu, people enjoy community feast with new harvest and it is one of the main attractions of the festival. is one of the three Bihu festivals of the state.

The said till the controversial Bill is scrapped, protest will continue as BJP has plans to pass it in Rajya Sabha during the Budget session scheduled to commence on January 31.

The KMSS is one the major organisations that was holding protests across against the controversial bill.

"The danger of the Bill getting passed is not over yet. We cannot relax. So we will continue our agitation till January 31, when the Parliament will meet again for the Budget Session," said.

The Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, and entered before December 31, 2014.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:45 IST