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AASU asks parties to make stand clear

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 18 � Asking all the political parties of the State to make their stands clear on the burning issues of the State before the coming Assembly elections, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today demanded clear action plans from the parties.

In a press conference here, the AASU said that this time, the election manifestoes of the parties should clearly mention the course of action and time limit for making the State free from illegal intruders and establishing the supremacy of indigenous people.

A 66-point letter, prepared by AASU would be sent to all the political parties asking for their stands on the issues.

�If the parties want to rule the State for the coming five years, they should be answerable to the common people of the State. There are several burning issues and long-standing demands like implementation of the Assam Accord, which are being ignored by the political parties and also the State governments,� AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said.

�Illegal infiltration of foreign nationals, Indo-Bangla border sealing, NRC update and constitutional safeguard to indigenous people are some of the long-pending issues in the State that need immediate attention.

�Similarly, uprooting the terrorists and fundamentalist forces from Assam is also the need of the hour,� he added.

�C and D category posts of all the Central government jobs, including the Railways should be reserved for the local people. Our political parties should have the guts to negotiate it with the Central government,� said Bhattacharyya.

The AASU also pointed out some of the burning problems in the field of culture and education, including the uplift of vernacular schools, overall development of Bodo-medium schools, examination reforms, strong financial aid to Gauhati and Dibrugarh universities and Assam Agricultural University.

It also asked for national-level educational institutions like India Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Assam.

Issues like the big dams, unemployment problem, corruption, secret killings, insurgency issue of the State, inter-State border disputes, problems in Barak Valley and hill districts, problems of farmers etc., also figured in the list.

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