GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � Denigrating the Delhi-based people of NE origin as �immigrants� by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its Vision Document 2015 for the Delhi Assembly elections, has led organisations here to take to the streets denouncing the saffron party and its leaders in a vociferous manner.
Members of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) took out torchlight processions all over the State this evening. An AASU statement here said its members took out torchlight processions in the district headquarter towns all over the State in protest against the BJP describing the NE people residing in Delhi as immigrants in its Vision Document for the Delhi elections.
AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy and its general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said in the statement that this act of the BJP has betrayed the true intent of the party concerning the NE region and its people. It has now become crystal clear that the party does not consider the region as a part of the country. The party has no respect for the people and the region, said the AASU leaders.
AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya described the act of the party as an offence and demanded unconditional apology from the party for the insult heaped upon the people of the region.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has announced a series of agitational programmes in protest against this act of vilification of the NE people by the BJP.
The party said in a statement here today that its block units would hold protest meetings at public places in their respective areas on February 6, while the booth committees of the party would hold similar meetings at the public places of their respective areas on February 8. The Congress members will also burn effigies of the national and state level leaders of the BJP on those days, said the APCC in its statement.
The State committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has described the act of the BJP as a product of its casteist philosophy and �Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan� approach.
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has condemned the act of the BJP and demanded an unconditional apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for casting such aspersions on the NE people.
Members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today took out a protest procession from the bank of the Dighalipukhuri to the office of the Deputy Commissioner Kamrup (Metro) and staged a demonstration there to register their protest against the act of the BJP. They also burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The State unit of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) has demanded an unconditional apology from Prime Minister Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and BJP�s Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi to the people of the NE region for the act of vilification.
In case Modi, Shah and Bedi fail to tender apology, Ministers Kiran Rijiju and Sarbananda Sonowal should step down from the Union Ministry assuming moral responsibility for the comment.