Guwahati: The Opposition parties, the Congress, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) on Monday came together to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Assam Assembly, alleging that the issue was not mentioned in the Assam governor’s speech on the opening day of the budget session.

The Opposition parties had jointly opposed the bill and held up placards and shouted slogans against the bill inside the Assembly and disrupted the speech of governor Jagdish Mukhi.

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Amid demonstrations, the House was adjourned for 45 minutes.

Soon after the governor ended his tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the Opposition MLAs raised the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill issue and held up placards demanding to scrap the bill, in front of the governor and Speaker.

Former Assam chief minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi said that they completely ignored the present situation in Assam as the state is burning over the Citizenship bill row.

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“Assam is burning, not only in Assam, the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill have continued in the entire northeast. But in the governor’s address, they have been talking about peace, tranquility, social harmony, which is just the opposite. Today, there is full of disturbances, everywhere there are agitations. There is a social disharmony, creating divisive between the Hindus and Muslims. But they didn’t mention these issues,” Gogoi said.

On the other hand, Atul Bora, president of AGP, said the party had recently snapped ties with the BJP over the controversial bill and said while protests are going on everywhere against the Citizenship Amendment Bill not a single word was mentioned in the governor’s speech and the Opposition parties have raised the issue.

“The people of Assam are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. The All Assam Students Union (AASU), several organisations and political parties including our party are also opposing this bill. We have asked the governor and the state government to take a resolution against the bill,” Bora said.