Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi threatens to court arrest if Citizenship Amendment Bill is not withdrawn

Guwahati: Senior Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said he would break the prohibitory order and court arrest if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not withdrawn by the Centre.

File image of Tarun Gogoi. PTI

File image of Tarun Gogoi. PTI

“By prohibiting all sorts of protests, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Assam government has been curtailing the democratic rights of people and running the state in an autocratic manner,” he said.

“I will violate (section) 144 (of the Code of Criminal Procedure) if you (Centre) do not withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I will lead people and shout slogans. I will go to jail, a jail bharo (movement),” Gogoi told reporters.

In view of protests on a daily basis against the bill, the Guwahati police had on Thursday banned all sorts of agitations, demonstrations, processions and slogan-shouting in large parts of Guwahati under section 144 of the CrPC.

Terming the passing of the Bill by Lok Sabha on Tuesday as a “Black Day” for Assam and the country, Gogoi had accused the BJP government of polarising the country on the basis of religion.

Gogoi, who was a former three-time chief minister of the state claimed that “Assam is burning. BJP wants to destroy Assam and push the future of the youth to darkness”.

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Updated Date: Jan 11, 2019 17:38 PM

Updated: January 12, 2019 — 12:42 am