Guwahati, Jan. 17 -- An influential students' body in Assam has called for the need to form a new party in the state amid protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which has triggered fears of a fresh influx of immigrants into the Northeastern region.

"After February, this issue [formation of a new party] will be taken forward in a forceful manner," said All Assam Students Union (AASU) chief Dipankar Kumar Nath has said.

He indicated the AASU would play a role in forming the party. "The people of Assam have felt the need for it [the new party] to protect themselves and artists, intellectuals and others have appealed to us about it. We feel the time has come for an alternate force to challenge the Centre and tak...