A day after protests against the bill for anti-citizenship (amendment) rocked the state; Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal rushed to Delhi on Tuesday night.
Today, Sonowal will consult with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In addition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), Sonowal is also likely to address the issue of ongoing NSCN (IM)-Central Government talks and their impact on Assam.
Several civil society groups have started a series of state-wide anti-CAB protests since Monday in Assam. Organizations such as AASU, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and several others threatened to launch a house-to-house campaign against the CAB to raise awareness among people.
The AASU staged protest rallies and on Monday sat in demonstrations in various parts of the state and vowed to continue their agitation against the CAB. Also, the KMSS vowed to oppose CAB at any cost.
Although Assam had not seen too many protests about the ongoing Naga talks and their impact on the state, tension is simmering over the Naga talks in areas along the Assam-Nagaland border and the Assam districts of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong.
In central Assam, the Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao have a large Naga population.
“The Chief Minister is also likely to take up the issue of privatisation of Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a profit-making public sector undertaking,” sources in Dispur said adding that he is also likely to take up the issues of talks between the ULFA and NDFB and the big dams.
“Big dams are also an issue which is likely to crop up during the discussion with the Prime Minister,” sources said.
Assam had recently witnessed demonstrations against the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) after the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri power project was under construction.
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