MORIGAON, July 20 - A huge protest rally was organised here today jointly by Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) where thousands of people took part under the banner of 32 different ethnic organisations.
An open meeting on the occasion was presided over by Lalit Chandra Pachani, president of Morigaon unit AJYCP. Explaining the purpose of the meeting, Debojit Pator, secretary of Morigaon KMSS said that the public rally was intended to raise collective voice against the nefarious design of the BJP, which has been ceaselessly trying to settle illegal Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam.
Several organisations of indigenous people have unitedly launched agitational programmes throughout the State to register their protest against the controversial Bill.
Addressing the gathering, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi said that Assamese nationalism has been facing a serious challenge today as the capitalist BJP is trying its level best to settle Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam in a planned manner.
Going back in time, Gogoi said that the Assamese people had since 1915 been protesting the British policy of settling foreigners in Assam. It may be recalled that Manik Chandra Boruah had raised his voice over the issue in the Constituent Assembly in British India and the Assam Association too had protested against the British Government�s policy of settlement in that year, Akhil said.
In due course, Ambikagiri Roy Chowdhury too protested before Jawaharlal Nehru in 1935 and 1948 over the issue. The most dangerous aspect of the RSS and BJP�s plan is that it will ruin the Assamese nationality on communal lines. The Central Government has already issued directives to the State Government to settle those Hindu foreigners in the State�s land through long-term visa, Gogoi added.
The people of Assam must therefore unitedly fight against the BJP�s Government�s anti-Assam policy, he suggested. He said the BJP-led State Government did nothing except follow Nagpur and the Central Government�s directives.
He further said that the toll gate set up at Raha on NH-37 is anti-people. Therefore, a strong protest march will be launched on July 22 at Raha.
In the meeting, all the 32 organisations, including Tiwa, Boro and Karbi students pledged to oppose the move of the BJP Government.