AASU raps Himanta on Bill
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 4: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi has said that State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s comments on granting citizenship on religious ground sound like that of a fundamentalist. “We, along with 28 ethnic groups, have made our stand clear that not even a single foreigner entering Assam after March 24, 1971 should be given Indian citizenship on religious ground. The recent comment by Himanta Biswa Sarma on rehabilitation of foreigners sounds like that of a fundamentalist. His opinion is an irresponsible one in so far as the rights of the greater Assamese society and its identity are concerned. He is commully inspired,” Gogoi said. Gogoi further raised concerns over the delay in the Assam visit of the members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee, and maintained that the State Government or whoever concerned should make its stand clear on the visit. The 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee was scheduled to visit Assam on November 4. It was later rescheduled after November 19 bye-poll in the State.