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Citizenship Bill stir: Black flags greet Sonowal in Majuli

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Black flags were waved at Chief Minister in on Monday as protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continued unabated in the state.

The CM arrived at the river island by a helicopter in the morning to participate in an official function.

As soon as he landed, the agitators shouted slogans against him and the Union government, demanding the withdrawal of the controversial bill, which seeks to grant nationality to non-muslims who fled religious persecution from three neighbouring countries and entered before December 31, 2014.

The legislation which was passed by Lok Sabha last week is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha in the budget session.

Several protesters were taken into custody, while others were dispersed by the police.

On Sunday too, was shown black flags by protesters of (AJYCP) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) outside Kaziranga University, where he had gone to attend the convocation ceremony.

The AJYCP members also tonsured their heads at Jamugurihat in district to register their protest.

Meanwhile, the (AGP), which pulled out of the ruling government in the state, announced that it will launch a fresh agitation against the bill by taking out a protest rally on January 18 and observing a sit-in with 14 MLAs on January 24.

In district, journalists held a dharna against the bill at Nazira town which was joined by of the opposition in the state assembly Debabrata Saikia and several other prominent members of the society.

Students also organized a separate rally against the legislation in

In district's Barama town, non-Bodo organisations blocked 31, seeking immediate revocation of the bill and 'Scheduled Tribe' status.

Meanwhile, the Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha, the largest Vaishnava organisation of the state, are divided over the participation of at its annual session in Morigaon from February 6 to 9.

The of the organisation has opined that the PM should not be invited under such circumstances, while its sought otherwise.

Modi, who attended the Sangha's session at Dergaon last year, has been invited this year too, but the is yet to confirm his participation.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:20 IST