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NSUI protest in city over immigrant remark

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GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The State BJP headquarters here witnessed chaotic scenes today after a huge contingent of National Students� Union of India (NSUI) activists laid siege to it during a protest demonstration.

The NSUI, the student wing of the Congress, was protesting against the description of the people of the North-east as �immigrants� in the vision document released by the Delhi BJP in the run-up to the Assembly polls in the National Capital.

NSUI activists marched to the gate of the State BJP HQ at Hengrabari and shouted slogans against the saffron party. They also burnt a BJP party flag but were prevented from entering the compound of the BJP office.

Meanwhile, BJP cadres also reached the spot and raised slogans against the Congress and the NSUI.

The protest continued for over two hours. Police and CRPF personnel reached the spot and there was some scuffle among them and NSUI activists. Later, the protesters were escorted away from the site by the police and CRPF personnel.

NSUI activists charged the BJP with insulting the people of the North-east by describing them as �immigrants� in its vision document.

On the other hand, BJP leaders and cadres alleged that Congress and its front organisations are trying to divert the attention of the people and playing politics on the eve of the civic elections in Assam, scheduled for February 9.

�It was a printing mistake, a human error. Our leaders at Delhi and here have already apologised for it. The Congress and its frontal organisations are raising the matter for political reasons. We have no issues with anybody organising peaceful protests. However, the NSUI activists not only misbehaved with many of our leaders, but also burnt our party flag,� said Rajkumar Sharma, State treasurer of the BJP.

The BJP alleged that many of the protesters were in college uniform. �It is shameful that they have no hesitation in bringing students out of their classes and making them attend protest events,� said a BJP cadre.

He said NSUI protesters removed a BJP flag from outside the office and raised the banner of the student body.

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NSUI protest in city over immigrant remark

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � The State BJP headquarters here witnessed chaotic scenes today after a huge contingent of National Students� Union of India (NSUI) activists laid siege to it during a protest demonstration.

The NSUI, the student wing of the Congress, was protesting against the description of the people of the North-east as �immigrants� in the vision document released by the Delhi BJP in the run-up to the Assembly polls in the National Capital.

NSUI activists marched to the gate of the State BJP HQ at Hengrabari and shouted slogans against the saffron party. They also burnt a BJP party flag but were prevented from entering the compound of the BJP office.

Meanwhile, BJP cadres also reached the spot and raised slogans against the Congress and the NSUI.

The protest continued for over two hours. Police and CRPF personnel reached the spot and there was some scuffle among them and NSUI activists. Later, the protesters were escorted away from the site by the police and CRPF personnel.

NSUI activists charged the BJP with insulting the people of the North-east by describing them as �immigrants� in its vision document.

On the other hand, BJP leaders and cadres alleged that Congress and its front organisations are trying to divert the attention of the people and playing politics on the eve of the civic elections in Assam, scheduled for February 9.

�It was a printing mistake, a human error. Our leaders at Delhi and here have already apologised for it. The Congress and its frontal organisations are raising the matter for political reasons. We have no issues with anybody organising peaceful protests. However, the NSUI activists not only misbehaved with many of our leaders, but also burnt our party flag,� said Rajkumar Sharma, State treasurer of the BJP.

The BJP alleged that many of the protesters were in college uniform. �It is shameful that they have no hesitation in bringing students out of their classes and making them attend protest events,� said a BJP cadre.

He said NSUI protesters removed a BJP flag from outside the office and raised the banner of the student body.