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Govt�s bid to discourage anti-CAA protest will end up in smoke: Samujjal

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Feb 29 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today said that the State government�s bid to discourage anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement in the State by oppression, division and allurement will end up in smoke.

AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya while addressing a huge anti-CAA protest rally at the Government Boys� Higher Secondary School ground here said that the Assamese society will continue to fight for its rights and will not give up. The protest rally labelled as �Janatar Agnikantha� was attended among others by Vaishnav bhakats, students, teachers, lawyers, senior citizens and general public.

�The BJP led government must not think that they can put an end to the on-going anti-CAA protest by applying its tactics of oppression, division and allurement. Today�s gathering is a testimony that anti-CAA protest has not weakened. In fact, we are going to further intensify the campaign by penetrating into every block, panchayat and ward. We will be holding a mega convention at Guwahati by end of March by bringing on board all leaders of all civil organisations, ethnic bodies, intellectuals, literary body, artist body and all those protesting against CAA to discuss on strategies to further intensify the movement up to the ward levels. Our intention is to take the anti-CAA protest to the grassroots,� he stated.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath in his speech condemned the atrocities on protesting AASU leaders by the BJP-led government. He said that the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government was making all attempts to weaken the ongoing ant-CAA protest by putting protestors inside the lock-ups and jails. �The BJP is also engaged in false propaganda. They are lying to the people and trying to mislead the Assamese community for the sake of power,� said the AASU president.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi while terming BJP�s �Sankalp Samaroh� as �Hazira Samaroh�said that there was vast difference in the character of anti-CAA protestors and those attending �Hazira Samaroh�. �Unlike those attending Hazira Samaroh, anti-CAA protestors are driven by love for their motherland; its people, culture, literature and language. They take pride in sacrificing for their motherland,� asserted Gogoi.

The other speakers included Dr Pallabi Deka Bujarbaruah, faculty, Department of Assamese, Dibrugarh University, Udayon Kumar Gogoi, secretary, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad and Muhibul Ahmed, former Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Department. Later, a procession was also taken out from the venue to Thana Chariali.

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