GUWAHATI, Oct 31 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has made an appeal to the people of the State to build a nationalistic and progressive anti-alien stir this time involving all sections of the people so as to make the agitation effective and ensure expulsion of the illegal migrants staying in Assam and the fruitful assertion of the economic and political rights of the State�s indigenous peoples.
Addressing a press conference here today, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said all organisations and all sections of the Indian citizens irrespective of their ideological allegiance and caste and creed should be involved in the proposed agitation so that it becomes a truly nationalistic and progressive stir. It should not be allowed to be derailed by the mentors of communalism.
Moreover, he said, other issues like the land rights of the indigenous peoples, solution to the flood and erosion problems, mega-dam issue, an end to the exploitation by the corporates, etc., should also be linked with this agitation.
As the six-year-old Assam agitation was dominated by communal approaches on several occasions, it failed to attain the goal it had set fixed to make the State free of foreign nationals. This weakness of the Assam agitation led to the 1983 riots, in which 3023 people were killed. The weakness of the agitation also led to the weak Assam Accord, which can never deliver the goods.
The issues connected with the rights of the indigenous peoples over the natural resources of the State, which were raised by the people of the State during the Assam agitation, were also cleverly avoided by the Delhiites, who drafted the Accord, said Akhil Gogoi.
This time, the anti-alien stir should be such that that it sticks to non-violence, a secular approach and its spearhead should be directed against the Governments in the State, at the Centre, in Bangladesh and in Nepal for making the deportation of the foreign nationals practicable, he said.
Describing the opposition of the Left parties to the six-year-old Assam agitation as a historic blunder, he said that the KMSS is organising a two-day convention at the Lakhiram Bora Kshetra here from November 7 on the foreign nationals issue and has invited all organisations and parties of the State to take part in it. Several political leaders of national repute are expected to take part in the convention. The open session of the convention will be held at the Latasil playground on November 8.
The convention is expected to result in a roadmap for a democratic, nationalistic, progressive anti-alien stir, he said.