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Amid protests, Sarma says ‘CAB to help stabilise population’

While Sarma was busy delivering speech, thousands of protesters assembled near CM Sarbananda Sonowal’s residence in Dibrugarh and raised slogans. There were protests in Tinsukia and Jorhat too. Violence was reported from Chabua in upper Assam where a CRPF vehicle was damaged.

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Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 09.23 AM IST
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Sarma said: “If there is no CAB, another 17 assembly seats will go to Badruddin Ajmal. We cannot allow Ajmal to be the CM. We will oppose this till our last drop of blood.”
Guwahati: While protests continued in Assam, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Citizenship Amendment Bill will help stabilise population.

Challenging All Assam Students’ Union chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya for a debate, Sarma said: “If there is no CAB, another 17 assembly seats will go to Badruddin Ajmal. We cannot allow Ajmal to be the CM. We will oppose this till our last drop of blood.” Ajmal is a Lok Sabha MP and chief of All India United Democratic Front.

While Sarma was busy delivering speech, thousands of protesters assembled near CM Sarbananda Sonowal’s residence in Dibrugarh and raised slogans. There were protests in Tinsukia and Jorhat too. Violence was reported from Chabua in upper Assam where a CRPF vehicle was damaged. Protesters blockaded railway tracks. The protest turned violent after ‘unknown miscreants’ pelted stones on the protesters.

Students of Guwahati University took out a torch light rally. The freshly painted walls of Guwahati were graffitied with anti-government and anti-CAB slogans. The makeover was done for December 15 summit of PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. After CAB was tabled in the Lok Sabha, AASU burnt effigies of PM Modi and home minister Shah.
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