BARPETA, April 28 - AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya has termed the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, providing citizenship to certain religious communities from other nations as anti-national. Addressing a press meet in the circuit house here on Friday afternoon, Bhattacharya vehemently attacked the State and the Central governments for violating the pre-poll assurance of security to indigenous people of Assam and instead patronising foreigners.
The proposed Bill violates the Constitution, the Citizenship Act and the provisions of the historic Assam Accord. �We won�t let it get implemented,� Bhattacharya said and added that democratic movement and legal battle will continue against it. He warned that Assam will not be allowed to be used as a dumping ground of foreigners.
Lauding the role of the Supreme Court, Bhattacharya said that it is because of the directives and strict supervision that the people of Assam are going to have an updated NRC. He urged the people to maintain a strict vigil on the process so that not a single name of foreigner is included in this all important document.
Leading a delegation of 28 indigenous organisations consisting ABSU, ARSU and Garia Maria Deshi Parishad, among others, Bhattacharya met the Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta and had a discussion in the conference hall of the DC�s office.
He praised the role played by the Deputy Commissioner, Barpeta and other personnel engaged in the updation of the NRC in the district and expressed the hope that the process will end peacefully in Barpeta against speculation of violence.
Referring to his visit to Barpeta and meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, Bhattacharya said that the representatives of the united forum of 28 indigenous organisations have undertaken the tour to have a first-hand knowledge about the ongoing provisions of updation of the NRC and to boost the mental health of the people engaged there They have witnessed great dedication and will power of the personnel involved and are optimistic of an error-free NRC.
Secretary of ABSU, Laurence Islary, president of All Rabha Students� Union Ramen Singh Rabha and secretary of Garia Maria Desiya Parishad Ajijur Rahman also addressed the press meet.