GUWAHATI, Sept 8 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has hit out against the State and Central governments on the threat issued by terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda to establish bases in Assam, and alleged that this happened because of the failure of the Government to solve the problem of infiltration of foreigners.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that over the years, the students� body and the indigenous people of the State had been warning the Government that fundamentalist forces managed to establish roots in the State because of inaction on the part of the Government to deal with the problem of infiltration. With the Al-Qaeda threat, it is now proved that the warnings were correct. If the Government fails to act even now, the situation in Assam will be worse than that of Jammu & Kashmir, and a Bangladeshi national would become the Chief Minister of Assam, he added.
The AASU adviser said that even after the Al-Qaeda threat, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who also holds the Home portfolio, has not strongly reacted to it because he was interested in keeping the vote bank of illegal migrants intact. Similarly, even after the completion of 100 days in office, the BJP led Government at the Centre failed to announce its action plan for dealing with the problem of infiltration, he said. �If the Al-Qaeda issues a threat to establish bases in Delhi, will the Government of India remain silent,� he questioned.
Because of the failure of successive Governments to seal the international border, foreign nationals along with elements of fundamentalist forces are entering Assam, and now the situation is such that some legislators can even oppose the use of the word �infiltrators� in the floor of the State Assembly.