TEZPUR, Nov 30 - Demanding implementation of every single clause of the Assam Accord and in protest against the extradition of illegal foreigners on the basis of religion, the All Assam Students� Union held a mega rally at the Joimoti Pathar here on Friday.
Twenty-seven organisations of the State participated in the rally, which was addressed among others by AASU�s chief adviser, Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya. Coming down heavily on the alleged indifferent attitude of both the State and the Central Government over the long-pending demand of the proper implementation of the Assam Accord, Dr Bhattacharya said that indigenous people of the State must be given priority in Assam. �We cannot allow anybody to make Assam a land for the foreigners. In Assam, only the will of the Assamese people will prevail,� he said. Saying that every person coming illegally into Assam after March 24, 1971 has to be deported at any cost, Dr Bhattacharya stated that during the six-year-long Assam Agitation from 1979 to 1985, a total of 855 people had sacrificed their lives for the Assamese nation. In the later years, the Assam Accord was inked by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with the top priority of solving of the foreigners� issue. �But it is a matter of serious concern that despite the elapse of 30 years, not any a single Government, either at the State or the Centre, has given any priority to the serious issue. The Governments are dishonouring the 855 martyrs by exploiting Assam and its people,� he alleged adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prior to Lok Sabha elections in many election rallies in Assam, gave a commitment, that if his party comes to power, it would deport illegal Bangladeshis within 24 hours of formation of their Government. But the BJP Government has failed to honour the commitment. Instead of doing that, they have gave Assam�s land to Bangladesh.
�Not content with neglecting the historic Assam Accord, the same Government has given a notification of the deportation of illegal Bangladeshis on the basis of religion,� he alleged adding that the Tarun Gogoi-led State Government is supporting the same shamelessly. �AASU�s stand is that it will never support protection to illegal foreigners on the basis of religion,� he said.
Thousands of protesters from different organisations including ABSU, AJYCP, Sonitpur District Carpenter & Labour Union, Motor Union joined the rally, which started from Joimoti Pathar, passed through the town and ended in front of the DC office here. Later, briefing mediapersons, the AASU leader further demanded of the Government to seal the Indo-Bangla border, give a permanent solution to the flood and erosion problem of the State, take effective steps for the protection of the tribal belts and blocks, Kaziranga, Majuli and the issue of ST status to the six communities of the state.
He also urged Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to show sincerity in dealing each one of the State�s issues. �We need results, not dialogue,� he said. Terming Narendra Modi a capable leader of the world, he urged him to sign an agreement with Bangladesh on the influx issue. �Do the needful to push back illegal Bangladeshis, then we will understand that Narendra Modi is a capable leader of the world,� he said. Urging the BJP Government to make its stand clear on the illegal Bangladeshi migrants� issue, Bhattacharya further said that if the BJP does not show sincerity in solving these issues, the people will teach it a lesson in the forthcoming Assembly election 2016.