NEW DELHI – After the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) was passed in both houses of the parliament on Wednesday, the protest and agitation is continued to rage across the country. One of the largest student organisations in the country SIO (Student Islamic Organisation) has called for the parliament march against the CAB and nationwide NRC on Friday.
“I appeal to students community from all campuses across Delhi, UP, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan to join the long march to Parliament. We will fight back , and we will refuse to be silenced that you want us to be silent. We will continue to speak . Let’s come out of our small comfortable zone to find alternate articulation and different language of resistance,” said national president of SIO Labeed Shafi announcing the march against the controversial legislation which is facing flak from all around.
The march will be held at 3 pm with the sole demand of revoking the CAB and rejecting nationwide NRC (National Register of Citizenship).
Telengana chapter of SIO has also called for statewide protest on Friday. It has urged the citizens to take part in the protest against the CAB and called it “unconstitutional”.
“This Friday, come on the roads, we shall fight, we shall win, Insha Allah,” said SIO state leader Mohammed Faraz Ahmed posting the notice of the protest on Facebook.
On Friday, social and civil society groups also called for press meeting on the “unconstitutionalCAB” at the Press Club in New Delhi.
On 19 December (death anniversary of freedom fighters Ashfaqullah Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil), around 150 groups decided to hold protest across India against the CAB and NRC, informed Nadeem Khan, member of United Against Hate (UAH). The protest has been termed as “National Action against Citizenship Amendment” with the slogan of “Indian Composite Cultural Heritage”.
Students at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been protesting against the bill since it was passed in the Lok Sabha.
The CAB has provision to grant citizenship to all communities except Muslims.