GUWAHATI, Nov 27 � The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has welcomed the first visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State after assuming office as the Prime Minister of India and expressed the hope that he would take effective steps to solve the burning problems of Assam to bring the state at par with the developed states of the country.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the Prime Minister should take effective steps to save Assam to save India. He said that the people of Assam wanted a political change in Delhi and they have very high expectations from the Prime Minister. Modi should try to fulfill the expectations of the people of Assam who voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in the last general elections, he added.
Bhattacharya pointed out that during the election rallies, Modi had promised to deal with the problem of infiltration of foreigners immediately if voted to power. Now it is up to the Government to translate the promises into reality and all the clauses of the Assam Accord should be implemented to solve the problem of infiltration. He said that the new Prime Minister should protect the interests of the indigenous people of Assam. He also said that immediate steps should be taken to root out the jehadi and fundamentalist forces from Assam.
On economic front, the AASU demanded that the Centre should declare special economic and employment zones and the State should be brought at par with all the developed states of the country. He said that the Centre should expedite the implementation of the ongoing projects and the state's share on the natural resources should be increased.
The AASU also called upon the Prime Minister to take steps to solve the problems facing the tribal and ethnic groups of the State.