SILCHAR, June 15 � The All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students Association (ACKHSA) has decided to launch a statewide protest to drive home its demand to consider the 2014 Lok Sabha electoral roll as the base year for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
To add fillip to its protest programme, the student body in association with the All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation will host a mega convention at the Shaheed Maidan of the railway town Lumding on July 5.
Rupam Nandi Purkayastha, chief advisor of the ACKHSA, said that several other associations, including All Bodo Student�s Union (ABSU), All Dimasa Student�s Union (ADSU), Dimasa Student�s Council, Bengali Jatiya Parishad, Bengali Yuba Chatra Parishad, All Assam Bengali Youth Student�s Federation, Marwari Yuva Mancha, Bhojpuri Sanstha, which have been contacted to be a part of their movement, have confirmed their participation to share the stage in the mass convention against the despicable ways to harass the linguistic groups in the name of NRC in the State.
Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his pre-poll promise to wipe out the detention camps from the State, Beni Madhav Roy, chief advisor of the All Assam Bengali Youth Student�s Federation said that there has been no reflection of what Modi had promised in 2014. �People have been continuously harassed in the name of NRC across the State, but the BJP is tight-lipped on its plan of action,� he said.
The leaders of the student organisations made it clear that they are not opposing the NRC, but in the process, no genuine citizen should be harassed.