GUWAHATI, Oct 1 - With Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserting today in Kolkata that the Centre would bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill soon, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) said the Centre should not play with the sentiments of the people of Assam and other states of the North East. The AASU also warned that it would be forced to launch a democratic movement if the Centre tries to impose the CAB against the wishes of the people.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi strongly reacted to the Union Home Minister�s statement and said the students� body would not accept violation of the Assam Accord. He pointed out that as per the Assam Accord, all foreigners, who came to Assam after March 24, 1971 should be detected and deported irrespective of their religion and the AASU would not accept violation of the Accord. He also said the Centre�s move to try and give citizenship to foreigners on the basis of religion is unconstitutional as India is a secular country.
�The imposition of the CAB would pose a threat to the political rights, language and culture of the indigenous people of Assam and other states of North East. Just because the ruling party has the majority in Parliament, it might try to pass the Bill forcibly. This is not a healthy sign for democracy,� he said.