DIBRUGARH, March 7 - A gana avivartan (mass convention), which was organized at Natya mandir here under the aegis of the district unit of Forum Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, with the theme �Save Assam, Save India�, today made a plea to the people of the State to boycott BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
Prominent personalities who spoke during the convention included veteran journalists Haidar Hussain and Manjit Mahanta. Mahanta is also a convener of the Forum against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The convention was attended by the leaders and members from some fifteen leading organizations of the region. The convention resolved that if the dignity of the Assamese community is to be kept intact and the secular characteristic of the country is to be protected, people of the land must unite to dislodge the communal BJP-led government at all cost. The convention also resolved to condemn the power hungry Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for seeking to re-unite with the BJP in the imminent polls. The convention termed the reported move of the AGP as betrayal to the people of the State.
Haider Hussain lamented that the people of the State are not shaken despite the BJP leader Amit Shah recently announced that if voted to power his party would again table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
�The Assamese society as a whole is in slumber. The mass movement against the Bill should have continued more vigorously now, given that general elections are due. At this juncture, Assamese people must stand united again to fight against the anti-Assamese forces with collaborative efforts,� said Hussain.
The veteran journalist remarked that presently the greater Assamese society was virtually disintegrated. He said that Assamese community is emotionally divided into various communities and factions.
Manjit Mahanta said that the party that is seeking to destroy the rich culture, language, literature and rich heritage of the land is an enemy of the State and must be rejected. There should be no place for anti-Assamese groups in the State,� he said.