Panaji: Around 400-odd people from Assam, who are living in Goa, held a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Saturday at Azad Maidan in Panaji.
The protest continued for over two hours amidst heavy police deployment with people of Assam community belonging to different age groups were seen with placards and shouting slogans against the central government.
“With CAA, our identity and culture are under threat. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are playing divisive politics. They are trying to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims for their political gain,” said Dipak Bora, who was leading the
He said that the people Assam were not against any religion or community, however, the government in Assam should protect the interest of the indigenous Assamese.
“If people from other countries are given citizenship then there will be a huge burden on state resources, hence, government should first ensure proper roads, electricity and water supply and jobs to indigenous Assamese,” Bora said.
Protestors said that if the CAA and National Register of Citizens are imposed, then there will be catastrophic consequences in the country.
The protestors expressed gratitude to the people and government of Goa for allowing Assamese to stay in Goa peacefully and giving them opportunities to earn their livelihood.