GUWAHATI, July 18 � The All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 26 organizations representing the State�s ethnic populace today vehemently opposed the State Government�s move to grant citizenship status to refugees from Bangladesh currently living in Assam.
In a statement, the AASU said that under no circumstances would Assam be allowed to be turned into a grazing ground for foreigners, and that the rights of the indigenous people would never be compromised.
�It is the indigenous people who must have hold over Assam, and we will never agree to the State Government�s proposal to offer a red carpet welcome to Bangladeshi citizens. The Government�s move smacks of cheap vote-bank politics,� the AASU said in a statement.
The AASU also demanded that the Centre declare the State�s perennial menace of flood and erosion as a national problem. It also called for a long-term mechanism to sustainably harness the water resources of the Brahmaputra, and opposed the proposed river inter-linking programmes.