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AASU dares Modi, Shah, Singh to public debate on CAB

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has dared the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and the Defence Minister to participate in a public debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The students� body has also called upon all sections of people of the State to agitate against the CAB in a peaceful and disciplined manner to ensure that no incident of violence takes place in any part of the State.

If the situation deteriorates in any part of Assam, the Central and State governments would be solely responsible for the same, asserted AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya. He said that the arrogant attitude of the State and Central governments resulted in deterioration of the situation, while provocative statements by a few ministers added fuel to the fire. �Despite strong protests by all sections of people of the State, the Central government has not withdrawn the CAB, while the State government, instead of requesting the Centre to withdraw the Bill because of protests by people, is supporting the Bill,� he added.

Bhattacharya pointed out that cross sections of people, including students, have come out to the streets on their own to register their protest against the Centre�s action to impose the CAB and called upon everyone to ensure that the agitation does not turn violent.

�Agents of the government as well as unscrupulous elements may try to create disturbance during the agitations. If the agitation turns violent in any part of the state, the government will take full advantage of it,� he added.

The AASU chief adviser reminded Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the State government has a full-fledged Assam Accord Implementation Department and the Chief Minister himself is the minister in charge of the department. It is the responsibility of the minister in charge of Assam Accord implementation to ensure that all the Clauses of the Accord are implemented. But instead of doing so, the Chief Minister is violating the Accord by supporting the CAB, he pointed out.

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AASU dares Modi, Shah, Singh to public debate on CAB

GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has dared the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and the Defence Minister to participate in a public debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The students� body has also called upon all sections of people of the State to agitate against the CAB in a peaceful and disciplined manner to ensure that no incident of violence takes place in any part of the State.

If the situation deteriorates in any part of Assam, the Central and State governments would be solely responsible for the same, asserted AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya. He said that the arrogant attitude of the State and Central governments resulted in deterioration of the situation, while provocative statements by a few ministers added fuel to the fire. �Despite strong protests by all sections of people of the State, the Central government has not withdrawn the CAB, while the State government, instead of requesting the Centre to withdraw the Bill because of protests by people, is supporting the Bill,� he added.

Bhattacharya pointed out that cross sections of people, including students, have come out to the streets on their own to register their protest against the Centre�s action to impose the CAB and called upon everyone to ensure that the agitation does not turn violent.

�Agents of the government as well as unscrupulous elements may try to create disturbance during the agitations. If the agitation turns violent in any part of the state, the government will take full advantage of it,� he added.

The AASU chief adviser reminded Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the State government has a full-fledged Assam Accord Implementation Department and the Chief Minister himself is the minister in charge of the department. It is the responsibility of the minister in charge of Assam Accord implementation to ensure that all the Clauses of the Accord are implemented. But instead of doing so, the Chief Minister is violating the Accord by supporting the CAB, he pointed out.