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AASU criticizes Centre�s decision on migrants

By Correspondent

MANGALDAI, Dec 3 - The AASU staged a mass �Gana Satyagraha� at Mangaldai with the participation of over 5,000 people, who shouted slogans like �Zoii Aai Asom�, �Narendra Modi-led Union Government go back�, �Assam is not the dumping ground and grazing land of Bangladeshi citizens�, etc.

The satyagraha, held at the Mangaldai Collegiate High School playground at Bhebarghat, was aimed at lodging a State-wide protest against the decision of the Union Government to settle the Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, allegedly in Assam.

Thousands of people, including women activists of Darrang Zila Mahila Samiti, members of Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, All Assam Karmachari Parishad, activists of Mudoibori and Bhakatpara Anchalik Committees of All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU), members of Sadou Asom Garia Maria Deshi Jatiya Parishad, etc., took part in the programme.

A large number of former AASU activists who took part in the six-year-long Assam Movement, and octogenarian social activist Rameswar Sarma and his wife Parul Devi also took part in the satyagraha. Also present was AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjwal Kumar Bhattacharyya, AASU president Dipanka Kr Nath, general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi and other office-bearers.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Bhattacharyya came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led Union Government for its alleged anti-Assam policy to settle the Bangladeshi Hindu nationals in Assam, thus making Assam a dumping ground or grazing field for the illegal Bangladeshi nationals.

Referring to an observation made by the apex court of India that large scale entry of Bangladeshi nationals in Assam has created unrest in the State and observation made by Gauhati High Court that Bangladeshi nationals are going to grab the power in the State and that they are going to play the role of �king maker� in Assam, Dr Bhattacharyya said he is deeply concerned over the Union and the State governments intention to settle the Bangladeshi migrants in the State for political gain. This, he said, is threatening the language, culture and identity of the indigenous people.

He also criticized the Union Government�s statement in Parliament on Thursday that it is planning to empower select State Governments to grant citizenship. �This initiative of the Union Government is a gross violation of the Assam Accord. We demand implementation of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit,� Dr Bhattacharyya said.

Participating in the �Gana Satyagraha�, AASU president Dipanka Kr Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi declared that the people of Assam, as well as the AASU, will treat all illegal Bangladeshis as foreigners, irrespective of the religion they practice.

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