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AASU lashes out at Centre�s apathy

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GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - Charging the BJP-led State government with failing to live up to the expectations of the people during its fifteen months in power, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today announced a month-long stir, regretting that the people of the State had never got anything without agitating.

Stepping up its offensive against the government after brief lull, the students� body said that while all key issues like illegal infiltration, flood and erosion, etc., remain unresolved, the government is heaping additional problems on the people.

�We have had enough of promises and assurances. We want to see results now. In Kashmir stone pelting agitators are being asked to come to the mainstream. We have been in the mainstream all along, yet haven�t got anything. Where is the mainstream then? It seems the government is not in the mainstream,� AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya told a press conference here.

Questioning as to why New Delhi has not inked a bilateral repatriation treaty with Dhaka till date, Bhattacharya said though the government has changed in Delhi, yet the attitude towards Assam has not changed.

�Before coming to power Narendra Modi had asked illegal migrants to pack up. After coming to power, why hasn�t the PM asked them to leave the country? Bangladeshis are now getting passports to get enrolled in the NRC. The next four months (during the verification of the NRC data) would be very crucial. The government needs to put in place a watertight mechanism so that not a single illegal migrant can enroll their names in the NRC,� he said.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said the Central government has not maintained the spirit of the tripartite talks on Assam Accord held two months back. �The minutes of the meeting were incorrect. We have asked them to change it. The meeting had decided to chalk out time bound action plans with two months to implement the clauses of the Accord, but nothing has happened so far,� Nath said, adding that all claims to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border continue to remain a lip service.

On September 9, the AASU will stage a hour-long national highway blockade, protesting the poor maintenance of the roads in the State.

From September 11 to 15, groups representing various sections of the society � senior citizens, women groups, etc., � will submit memorandums to their respective deputy commissioners demanding resolution of the illegal migrants problem.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the students� body will stage state-wide demonstrations on September 19 demanding resolution of various problems plaguing the state�s education sector.

Opposing naming of the new model colleges after Deendayal Upadhyay and recruitment of non-Assamese teachers in Assamese medium schools, Gogoi said the State government was out to destroy the Assamese medium and government schools.

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AASU lashes out at Centre�s apathy

GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - Charging the BJP-led State government with failing to live up to the expectations of the people during its fifteen months in power, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today announced a month-long stir, regretting that the people of the State had never got anything without agitating.

Stepping up its offensive against the government after brief lull, the students� body said that while all key issues like illegal infiltration, flood and erosion, etc., remain unresolved, the government is heaping additional problems on the people.

�We have had enough of promises and assurances. We want to see results now. In Kashmir stone pelting agitators are being asked to come to the mainstream. We have been in the mainstream all along, yet haven�t got anything. Where is the mainstream then? It seems the government is not in the mainstream,� AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya told a press conference here.

Questioning as to why New Delhi has not inked a bilateral repatriation treaty with Dhaka till date, Bhattacharya said though the government has changed in Delhi, yet the attitude towards Assam has not changed.

�Before coming to power Narendra Modi had asked illegal migrants to pack up. After coming to power, why hasn�t the PM asked them to leave the country? Bangladeshis are now getting passports to get enrolled in the NRC. The next four months (during the verification of the NRC data) would be very crucial. The government needs to put in place a watertight mechanism so that not a single illegal migrant can enroll their names in the NRC,� he said.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said the Central government has not maintained the spirit of the tripartite talks on Assam Accord held two months back. �The minutes of the meeting were incorrect. We have asked them to change it. The meeting had decided to chalk out time bound action plans with two months to implement the clauses of the Accord, but nothing has happened so far,� Nath said, adding that all claims to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border continue to remain a lip service.

On September 9, the AASU will stage a hour-long national highway blockade, protesting the poor maintenance of the roads in the State.

From September 11 to 15, groups representing various sections of the society � senior citizens, women groups, etc., � will submit memorandums to their respective deputy commissioners demanding resolution of the illegal migrants problem.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the students� body will stage state-wide demonstrations on September 19 demanding resolution of various problems plaguing the state�s education sector.

Opposing naming of the new model colleges after Deendayal Upadhyay and recruitment of non-Assamese teachers in Assamese medium schools, Gogoi said the State government was out to destroy the Assamese medium and government schools.

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