With the contentious Citizenship (amendment) Bill set to lapse on June 3 as it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die on Wednesday, celebrations broke out across Assam which had been vehemently protesting against it. Organisations like the All Assam Students Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) claimed that not passing of the bill in the Rajya Sabha is a “victory of democracy, of the people of Assam and the northeast region against communal forces”.
Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi said the people were “saved today from the conspiracy of the BJP to destroy the people in the N-E region”.
“This democratic momentum of the people has to continue against the communal forces,” he added. Rajkumar Sarma, senior BJP leader in the state, said “BJP supports the constitutional amendment for the security of Assam. The BJP government will return with Narendra Modi as the prime minister. Then we will present the bill in the Rajya Sabha.”