GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - The All Assam Students Union (AASU) today described the Union government�s Thursday notification authorising 16 collectors of seven states to register minority community people coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid legal documents as Indian citizens as the product of a very diabolic design against Assam and the Northeast.
It also demanded of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government and its alliance partners, besides all other political parties to make their respective stand clear on this notification.
The student body in a statement here this evening said that it is opposed to this notification and it will relentlessly and boldly go on opposing this notification. The BJP-led government is in fact pursuing a policy of deceiving the people of the northeastern region surreptitiously.
The AASU has been opposing the Union government�s imposition of the Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015, Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 2015, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Long Term Visa on the people of the State as well as the rest of the Northeast. Agitations against all these impositions are currently on throughout the region.
Now the Union government, under the 2015 Order, has issued directive for registering the minority people coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as citizens of India in seven states of the country. The post-1971 migrants staying in Assam will also be able to avail the scope of this notification, which will be detrimental to the interest of the indigenous peoples of Assam and northeastern region as well. Against this move, an intense agitation would be launched, warned AASU president Dipanka Nath and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi.
AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said the BJP-led government has started initiating steps after steps to stifle the interest of the indigenous peoples of Assam.