GUWAHATI, July 10 - Hailing the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United�s decision to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has written to the Bihar Chief Minister expressing its gratitude.
An AASU delegation, led by its president Dipanka Kr Nath, advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi and educationist Basanta Deka, had met Nitish Kumar over the issue in Patna on May 16, seeking his party�s support against the controversial Bill.
The AASU had also submitted a memorandum with the relevant facts about the problem of illegal influx in Assam and the possible consequences of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. Kumar had assured them of his support.
An alliance partner of NDA, the JD(U) decided to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at its national executive meeting in New Delhi, on July 8.
�The JD(U) support is important from the point of view of protecting the interest of the indigenous people of Assam and also to give a stronger voice to our concerns at the national level,� the students� body said here today.
�The JD(U) is the first political party at the national level to support AASU�s stand on this matter. We have also approached a number of other political parties seeking their support as the matter concerns not just Assam but the entire nation. Other than being detrimental to the interest of the indigenous in our State, the proposed legislation is also against the secular nature of the Indian democracy that would have damaging consequences in future,� the AASU leaders added.