AASU has filed petition challenging amended Citizenship Act : Samujjal Bhattacharya

Bhattacharya, who was addressing a meeting in Guwahati criticised President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent to the Citizenship Amendment Bill . Photo: ANI Twitter

All Assam Students Union(AASU) has on Friday(December 13), filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging the amended Citizenship Act, its chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said.

Bhattacharya, who was addressing a meeting in Guwahati amidst the indefinite curfew, hit out at the BJP top leadership for “betraying” the people of Assam. He also criticised President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent to the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Thursday(December 12) night within days of the passage of the controversial legislation in Parliament.

“This is very unfortunate,” Bhattacharya said. “I am happy to tell you that the Supreme Court today registered our case. Now our legal battle will start. Simultaneously, our peaceful democratic protest will continue till the Act is repealed,” he said.

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He said the people of Assam do not trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi anymore as he had betrayed them by welcoming illegal Bangladeshis.

“Modi had promised to deport all illegal immigrants after May 16, 2014. He did not send back a single illegal Bangladeshi, instead he is now welcoming them,” Bhattacharya, who also the adviser to North East Students Organisation said.

The Assam Accord is a “national commitment” and it was discussed in Parliament before getting constitutional validity. “How can you (BJP) dismiss it by bringing in CAB? After the Accord was signed, BJP leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani had welcome it,” he said.

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