The AASU and other organization opposing the bill are saying that the provisions of the bill will nullify the 1985 Assam Accord, which provides for deportation of all illegal migrants, irrespective of religion, who had entered the state after March, 1971.
Business establishments, commercial firms and other shops also did not open their shutters extending full support to the bandh. We met Rajnath Singh yesterday (January 7).
Hundreds took to the streets in different places of Assam to enforce the shutdown leading to stray incidents. Vehicles were off the road and the shutters were downed at commercial establishments across the region. Shops and businesses were shut.
All the shops were closed and vehicular movement was minimal in the district.
Referring to the negligent attitude of the government towards Northeast India, Bhattacharya said, "The Modi government and the national media should realize that there is another part of the country beyond Kolkata".
The Sarbhog seat is held by Bharatiya Janata Party State President Ranjit Dass. Security steps were beefed up near all BJP offices in Manipur. The bill will apply to all states and Union Territories of the country.
The Bill has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast.
Security arrangements were intensified and patrolling by police and paramilitary forces intensified across the state in view of the bandh.
Withdrawal of the AGP, which has 14 MLAs in the 126-member assembly, would not have any immediate effect on the future of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government that still has the backing of 74 MLAs.
The chief minister had assured us that the Centre will not go against the interest of the Assamese people but it is "unfortunate that he did not do enough to stall the bill", the AGP president said.More news: Smiling Kevin Spacey walks from court after denying groping teen
"We, therefore, can not remain an ally of the BJP after this move by the Modi government". "Assam alone should not have to bear the entire burden", he said.
During a press conference called in Guwahati on Tuesday, former CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that the BJP has "no moral right" to be in power.
"The political alliance has some set rules. After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance", Bora said in New Delhi after meeting the home minister.
The decision to snap the ties followed an AGP delegation's meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi during which he asserted that the government will ensure the passage of the Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Roy said there was no effort to evolve a consensus in the Joint Committee of Parliament that examined the Bill. "We have reports of four injured persons", Singh said.
The Central government had nominated a member of AASU in the committee.
The controversial bill would grant citizenship to select groups - including Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, but not Muslims - who have moved from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and lived in India for at least six years.
"There is no confusion about our stand".
It is also part of the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
" We will continue to express our discontentment against the Bill", he said.