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Will violate prohibitory orders if Citizenship Bill not withdrawn: Ex-Assam CM

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

A day after protests were banned in parts of Guwahati, former Tarun said Friday he would violate the prohibitory order and court arrest if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not withdrawn by the Centre.

Addressing a press conference, added that if protests or disturbances continue in the state, youths are likely to get attracted towards insurgency.

"I will violate (Section) 144 (of the Code of Criminal Procedure) if you (Centre) do not withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I will lead people and shout slogans. I will go to jail a jail bharo (movement)," he asserted.

The bill will not only affect but threaten the entire country's unity and culture, claimed.

By completely prohibiting all sorts of protests, the BJP-led government is curtailing the democratic rights of people and running the state in an autocratic manner, the senior said.

"Before bringing the bill, why was no attempt made to have discussion by the government with all stakeholders? Even after protests started, the government could have talked. (Former prime minister) had herself come to talk when the agitation was on," he said.

In view of protests on a daily basis against the bill, the police Thursday banned all sorts of agitation in parts of under Section 144 of the CrPC.

The jurisdiction of the order will cover Dispur, where the is, Bhangagarh, Basistha, Hatigaon, station areas, said Deputy (East) Ramandeep Kaur.

"If protests and disturbances continue, youths will be unhappy and terrorism will rise. Because of such developments like the Citizenship Bill, youths are getting attracted towards insurgency and joining the ULFA.

"We had brought them to the mainstream, but the BJP is doing the opposite by taking anti-people policies. The government should not ignore peoples' aspirations," Gogoi said.

He also said the BJP is unable to handle the law and order situation and added the home department was "clueless".

"That is why, a is brought as Why an was not appointed? Now they will appoint all officers from outside," he said.

Gogoi was referring to the appointment of former as the to the Assam

"May be, one day, we will have the CM also from outside. May be, (BJP general secretary) will become the CM next time. In any case, the government is being run from outside," he claimed.

Talking about religious persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh, the former CM said in his 15-year tenure, he did not get a single application from anyone about religious persecution in the neighbouring country or political persecution.

"If the JPC got information that 31,000 have applied for citizenship under religious persecution, then why did the Centre not take up the issue with the government? In fact, Hindus are living at peace there," he said.

is trying to create a clash between Hindus and Muslims in Assam on the citizenship issue, Gogoi alleged.

"Mizoram, are opposing (the bill). CM has asked to exclude his state. The alliance of the government has threatened to pull out if the bill is passed. However, the BJP leadership in Assam is silent and assuring people it will not harm us," he said.

Gogoi also vowed to defeat the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election and asked people to ensure that the saffron party's tally comes down to zero.

On infiltration, he said, "The BJP itself said that no Bangladeshi came to in the last 10 years. So, they were not happy and now want to bring Bangladeshis into Assam with the help of the bill.

"During election rallies, (Narendra) Modi said that 'I brought all foreigners and I won with their votes'. Now, their own said that his PM lied and it was a 'jumla'."

on Thursday said there had been no illegal infiltration from into during the last 10 years, despite making the issue a major poll plank in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Assam assembly elections.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:30 IST