BARPETA, Oct 10 - The All Assam Students Union (AASU) organised a massive procession here today against the government�s decision to provide shelter to refugees belonging to a certain religious community. The gathering reminded the people of the hey days of the organisation during the six-year-long Assam Agitation. Thousands of activists from different parts of the district assembled in the municipality playground here and took out a procession along the main roads of the town and ended again in the playground.
Addressing the gathering, Lurinjyoti Gogoi, secretary of AASU, said that imposing an additional burden of migrants on Assam will not be tolerated at any cost. He warned the Central government to desist from any anti-national activities and informed that the ani-foreigners� movement organised between 1979 to 1985 will be revived.
Narrating the fighting spirit of the people of Assam, Gogoi said that the Assamese people have resisted the repeated onslaught of Mughals and if required there will be a second Saraighat Battle. He exhorted the people to be prepared for such a long drawn battle for the protection of their descendants. He also dared the Chief Minister of the State to challenge such anti-Assamese rules of the Centre if he actually possesses Assamese blood.
Addressing the gathering, chief advisor of AASU Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that AASU is neither opposed to Hindus nor Muslims, but it is opposed to communalism. He termed the recent ordinance of the Central government to grant citizenship to a section of migrants belonging to a particular religious faith as communal and anti-Constitutional. Bhattacharya made it clear that Assam will not bear any extra burden of migrants and fight tooth and nail to any such attempt. He also warned the Central government for its attempt to violate provisions of the Assam Accord.
Several other AASU leaders and a few supporting organisations also addressed the gathering.