Kohima, November 20 (NE): The 18hours shutdown called by the NEFIP and JCPI along with many other organizations, against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was observed peacefully in the state, as per the report received here from many districts.
All shops and business establishment remained closed for 18 hrs from 6:00 PM November 19 till 12 pm, November 20, 2019. However other normal activities of the people were carried out without any untoward incident, as reported.
Exams were carried out in the schools as scheduled, except few schools which postponed the exam in the wake of the shutdown. Most government offices showed normal attendance today.
Earlier CAB was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha and lapsed. As the Centre government likely to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) in Parliament during its ongoing winter session, the protests against the controversial bill have returned to the Northeast state.
It’s to be seen how things will turn around in the coming days as the winter session of the Parliament is currently underway. It’s also important to note that few other states in Northeast India are already at boiling point on CAB issue.