An orgy of violence in Assam on Tuesday when over 100 parties and organizations have observed north eastbandh in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Many bandh supporters attacked some BJP offices and burnt tyres to stop the movement of vehicles.
In an executive sitting of the State Jamiat held at Garigaon recently on the issue NRC ( National Register of Citizens ) update with 1971 as base year, the state secretary of the Jamiat Abdur Rashid Kashimi demanded update of the NRC by taking March 25,1971 as the cut-off date.
Addressing the State executive members , the state Jamiat president Badaruddin Ajmal said that the recent direction of the centre to update NRC in Assam by taking the 1966 electoral rolls as base was a conspiracy of the rulling Congress government to terrorise the religious and linguistic minorities of the state before the 2011 Assambly election. He appealed to all the MLAs and MPs of the religious and linguistic minorities to be united , forgetting their political affiliation at this ‘critical hour’.
In the meeting it was decided to submit memorandams to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and opposition leaders, regarding the said issue.
It should be mentioned here that the Central Government , State Government and AASU had earlier already agreed on March 25,1971 as the cut-off date for identification of foreign nationals in Assam.
Congress candidate Arjun Dutta Mazumdar is trailing behind BJP candidate Dilip Kumar Paul in Silchar where poll counting is going on. Mazumdar was taking an early lead. But after the third round, the entire picture changed.
Poll authorities have opened the strong rooms as soon as the clock struck at 8 in the morning. The results are expected by 12 noon.
After the counting of ballot papers, the electronic voting machines were taken for counting. The poll authorities have deployed sufficient security forces in and around the counting booths to ensure free and fair counting.
The fate of 12 bypoll candidates has been sealed in the electronic voting machines. constituency has 206,573 voters who have decided on the fate of 12 candidates.
The contest is straight between BJP's Dilip Paul and the Congress's Arun Dutta Mazumder. The bye-election was necessitated following the election of Silchar Congress MLA Sushmita Dev.
The All Tiwa Students' Union (ATSU) has called for 36 hour Central Assam Bandh from 5 am on November 5 in protest against the State Government move to hold Panchayat elections in the Tiwa autonomous areas.
It should be mentioned here that four Tiwa organisations including ATSU already called for a ten hour Central Assam Bandh on October 24 last for the said demand.