GUWAHATI, Oct 6 - A State-level convention of the participants of the Assam Movement today decided to set up a non-political platform to launch a Statewide movement against the Central Government�s decision to give shelter to Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals who entered India due to religious persecution in their own countries.
The convention, held at the District Library Auditorium here, strongly opposed the notification issued by the Government of India on September 7 to provide shelter to the foreign nationals and demanded that the same should be withdrawn immediately.
The notification of the Government of India undermined the Assam Agitation and the supreme sacrifices of the 855 martyrs of the movement. The notification violates the Assam Accord, which provided for detection and deportation of all the foreigners who entered Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971. The notification also posed a threat to the unity among different sections of people of Assam, the convention said in a resolution.
The convention further alleged that the Government of India hatched a plan to turn the Indigenous people of Assam into minorities in their own land by providing shelter to foreigners. This move, if implemented on the ground, will pose a threat to the identity of the indigenous people of the State, the convention said.