GUWAHATI, Sept 9 - Members of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) will take out a torchlight procession all over the State tomorrow to register their protest against the decision of the Union Government to accord citizenship to the post-March 24, 1971 Hindu migrants living in Assam. Members of the student body today burnt copies of the notification containing the decision of the Union Government.
In a statement here, the student body has also warned Governor PB Acharya not to make any derogatory remark on the Assam Accord.
Condemning the statement of the Governor on the Assam Accord, the student body said that no derogatory comment on the Assam Accord would be tolerated. The Governor said yesterday that �there is nothing sacrosanct� so far the deadline for the acceptance of migrants from Bangladesh is concerned. He was referring to the deadline set by the Assam Accord � that is March 24, 1971 � in this regard.
The student body has demanded a clarification from the Union Government as to whether the view of the Governor on the Assam Accord is its view too. The Union Government should also clarify as to whether there is any shift in its position vis-�-vis the Assam Accord. The present Union Government had stated before the Supreme Court of India that it would go by the provisions of the Assam Accord in matters of handling the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh, said the student body.
Meanwhile, the Asom Gana Parishad today demanded that illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, whom the Union Government is trying to accord citizenship, should be settled in Gujarat or any other State of the country, excepting Assam, if the Union Government is so kind to them.
The AGP warned the Union Government that it will have to assume all responsibilities for any untoward situation that may arise following its latest decision on the issue.
Further, it described the comment made by Governor PB Acharya yesterday on the Assam Accord as an insult to the historic accord. It seems the Governor is behaving like a party spokesman of the BJP, said the regional party.
The Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad has also condemned the comment of the Governor and warned all concerned not to do anything derogatory to the Assam Accord.
In a statement, the SAKP said the issue of foreign nationals should be dealt with in accordance with the Assam Accord. There should not be any discrimination on religious lines in handling the issue, it said, adding, Assam will in no way accept the post-March 24, 1971 Bangla migrants.