GUWAHATI, April 23 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) will demand a time-bound action plan for implementation of all the clauses of the Assam Accord in the ensuing tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Accord.
The meeting, which will be chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will be held in New Delhi on April 26. The meeting was earlier scheduled to be held on April 25.
AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the people of the State have waited for 31 years for the implementation of the main clauses of the Accord and �in the ensuing meeting we will demand a time-bound action plan.� He pointed out that the main clauses of the Accord, including detection and deportation of foreigners from the State, sealing of the international border, providing constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people of the State, etc., are yet to be implemented.
Bhattacharya said the AASU would also demand scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Bill to provide citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshi nationals who entered the State due to religious persecution in their own country. He said that the AASU would not accept any move that would dilute the Accord. Assam has already taken the burden of foreigners, who came to the State up the midnight of March 24, 1971 and it would not be possible for the State to take any more burden of foreigners, he asserted.
The AASU chief adviser further said that as many as 22 treaties were signed between India and Bangladesh during the recent visit of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to India, but no agreement was signed for deportation of the Bangladeshi nationals living in India.
This will be the first tripartite meeting at the political level on the implementation of the Assam Accord during the tenure of the present government. The last such meeting was held way back in 2005, when Dr Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, but most of the decisions taken in that meeting were not implemented.