GUWAHATI, July 26 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today staged State-wide demonstrations protesting the NDA Government�s move to amend the Citizenship Act to make minority refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan eligible for acquiring Indian citizenship.
The students� body argued that Assam would have to bear the additional burden of migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh due to the amendment in the Act.
AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, who led the protest at Dighalipukhuripar, stated that the BJP-led State Government must ensure that no such clause is incorporated in the new set of amendments which is detrimental to the interest of the State or the identity of its indigenous people.
�Already facing the problem of illegal migration, Assam will never accept this additional burden. As per the Assam Accord, the State took the responsibility of migrants who came to India from the neighbouring country before March 25, 1971, irrespective of their religion. But, the illegal migrants who have entered Assam after 1971 are not our responsibility,� the AASU leaders reiterated.