GUWAHATI, April 9 - All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today made an appeal to the people of the State to take a �tough, decisive and right� decision as to whom they are going to elect to the Lok Sabha this time in the context of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
At the same time, the students� body has also refused to approve the attempts made by some circles to project the ensuing Lok Sabha elections as a referendum on the CAB, which has been opposed tooth and nail by the indigenous people of the NE region.
Talking to this newspaper, AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said though the indigenous peoples of the State are confused in this election due to the absence of a political alternative to meet their desires, they should take such decisions that ensure protection of their collective interests and their control over the politics of Assam and the rest of the NE region, he said.
Speaking on the declaration of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto that it would not only get the CAB passed, but would also implement it if voted to power again at the Centre, the AASU chief advisor said that this declaration is a total disrespect to the indigenous people of NE region.
AASU and its ally organisations will continue to oppose the CAB because of its inherent communal, anti-Indian Constitution and anti-Assam Accord nature. This Bill is also pro-illegal migrants of Bangla-origin. Its essence lies in treason. Therefore, any bid to get it enacted and implemented will have to be resisted by the indigenous and patriotic people of the NE region, he said.
Elaborating his point on not treating the ensuing Lok Sabha elections as the referendum on the CAB, the AASU chief advisor said that as a signatory of the Assam Accord, AASU has not taken part in the election process and the CAB is directly linked with the Assam Accord, that is � the cut-off date for detection of the illegal migrants, deletion of their names from the electoral rolls and their deportation as has been mentioned in its Clause-5.
Similarly, the last Panchayat election was also not to be treated as a referendum, asserted the AASU chief advisor.