GUWAHATI, April 27 � Members of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today took out torchlight processions at the district headquarters of the State in protest against the recent statement of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi issued in support of the post-March 25, 1971 migrants.
AASU members condemned the reported statement of the Chief Minister as an anti-Assam and pro-Bangladeshi one. They demanded an end to the pro-Bangladeshi vote bank politics.
It has made it clear that the Government is bound to drive away the post-1971 migrants from Assam.
In the city, members of the All Kamrup Students� Union took out a torchlight procession in response to the AASU call on the issue. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya, former assistant general secretary of the AASU Prince Faizul Haque, AASU State executive committee member Bipul Rabha, among others, took part in the procession.
Meanwhile, the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha has demanded resignation of Tarun Gogoi for his pro-Bangladeshi stand. The pro-Bangladeshi statement of Gogoi came at a time when the neighbouring Nagaland has raised a special task force to identify and deport the illegal migrants, said the Mahasangha in a statement here.
On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh today expressed the apprehension that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi�s pro-migrant stand will affect the process of NRC update and encourage influx.
Addressing media persons here, spokesperson of the party Siddhartha Bhattacharya pointed out that the existing laws in the country have already provided a status to those who came to India owing to persecution.
�There is absolutely no need for another policy for granting shelter to the migrants. Tarun Gogoi�s insistence on the Central Government for formulation of a policy for extending shelter to all migrants is nothing but another trick to enhance its vote bank,� said Bhattacharya, adding that this development was the outcome of the present internal dissent within the Congress party.
It needs to be mentioned here that during the Prime Minister�s recent visit to the State, the State Government had submitted a memorandum to him, calling upon him to consider the cases of all migrants of Indian origin compelled to leave their country on account of persecution on humanitarian ground.
�Gogoi�s stand will only encourage those migrants who leave their country for the sole reason of seeking economic gains,� said Bhattacharya, hinting at those Bangladeshis whose presence in the State have threatened the existence of the indigenous communities. He further said that the Congress party has always been promoting the interests of the illegal migrants while ignoring the genuine grievances of the indigenous people demanding land patta.