GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today vehemently opposed the notification issued by the Union Government for differentiating the illegal Bangla migrants on religious lines.
In a statement here this evening, the students� body emphatically said that Assam would not accept any post-March 24, 1971 migrants from Bangladesh. As per the 1985 Assam Accord, all pre-March 24, 1971 migrants coming to Assam from Bangladesh would be accepted by Assam irrespective of their religious affiliation. Assam has accepted the burden of all such migrants on behalf of the country and there can be no question of Assam accepting the burden of the post-March 24, 1971 migrants, it said.
It has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfil his election pledge on the issue of illegal migration and referred to the observation made by the Gauhati High Court that the influx of Bangla nationals has taken the shape of an external aggression and has resulted in an internal disturbance. The Gauhati High Court has also observed that the illegal Bangla migrants have become kingmakers in Assam. If such illegal migration is allowed to be continued any further, the indigenous peoples of Assam, irrespective of their religious affiliations, would become minorities in their motherland, said the students� body warning that if any decision detrimental to Assam�s interest is imposed upon the State, it would take to the path of agitation.
AGP stand: The Asom Gana Parishad, the regional party which came into being as a product of the six-year-long anti-alien Assam agitation, described the decision of the Union Government as another act of treason by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government at the Centre.
The above decision of the Central Government is quite contrary to the provisions of the Assam Accord, said AGP president Atul Bora in a statement here this evening.