By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 15: The Asom Chatra-Yuva Sanmilan (ACYS) staged a dhar at Dighalipukhuripar in the city today in support of their demand for special status for Assam, cancellation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and immediate publication of draft NRC. They sent a memorandum to Assam Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal through the Kamrup(M) Deputy Commissioner.
In a statement issued to the press today, ACYS general secretary Madhurya Baruah said: “If the interests of the indigenous people of the State are to be protected, the rights over land and other resources in the State should vested with them. This apart, under Articles 370 and 371(a) Assam should be accorded special state status. We’ve all along been opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Centre and Dispur have taken an anti-Assam stand on the issue so as to rehabilitate foreigners in the State. Assam, under no circumstances, is ready to shoulder the burden of foreigners who had entered the State after March 24, 1971 as stated in the Assam Accord. It has come to light that the government has neglected NRC update work. Without the publication of the draft NRC, the process of detection and deportation of foreigners will be slower. We, therefore, demand immediate publication of the draft NRC.”
Madhurya Baruah further said that if the government is not prompt in making all these happen, they would mobilize public support and start a vigorous agitation.