GUWAHATI, April 1 � The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) today said that the Congress Government in the State had been deceiving the people for the last ten years on all fronts - including on issues critical to the very survival and existence of the State's indigenous populace - and called upon the public to vote only such persons who had a sense of responsibility and commitment to the people.
In a statement, AASU president Sankar Prasad Ray and general secretary Tapan Gogoi said that the Congress failed to initiate any meaningful action on any of the burning problems of the State - be it detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants, updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), sealing of the porous Assam-Nagaland border, providing constitutional safeguard to the indigenous people, the perennial bane of flood and erosion, the issue of mega dams, and the crumbling educational system.
"The decisions of the tripartite talks at the Prime Minister's level concerning implementation of the Assam Accord held on May 5, 2005 are gathering dust in official files even today. Through its inaction on a range of critical issues, the Congress has shown itself to be totally insensitive to the vital issues of people's interest," the AASU said.
The student body said that by continuously neglecting issue of illegal foreigners' detection and deportation including NRC update and sealing of the border at a time when the inhabitants of the State were on the verge of being rendered a minority, the Congress Government proved itself to be an 'enemy of the people.'
The AASU further said that the Congress Government by surrendering before the big dam lobby was compromising the lives, property and livelihood of the people as well as the rich biodiversity of the region.
Lambasting the Congress Government, the AASU alleged that it had during its ten-year regime since 2001 had done irreparable damage to the State's education right from the primary stage to university level.
To add to all this, the AASU said, the Congress Government 'patronized and imposed a rule of corruption' on the people. "Corruption has attained unprecedented dimensions in the State thanks to the Government's tacit support to the scourge. Through its various acts of omission and commission the Congress has been ridiculing the people of the State," it added.