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AASU & SAKP join hands to foil anti-Assam design

GUWAHATI, May 15: In view of the threat posed to the language, literature, culture and tradition of the indigenous people of Assam by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has teamed up with the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) to counter the threat effectively.

The two organizations have vowed to safeguard the future of the indigenous people of the State at any cost. They held a meeting in the city on Tuesday on the twin issues of NRC update and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Gauging it well that mischief of any sort by any of the officials engaged in the NRC update work can spell doom for the State, the two organizations are set to inspire all government staff to do their jobs at their serious and sincere best when it comes to NRC update.

With only 45 days left for the publication of the second and the final draft NRC, there are allegations of pressure being mounted by various quarters for the inclusion of names of Bangladeshis in the NRC.

As far as the NRC update work is concerned, the destiny of the State is being shaped by about 50,000 government employees of the State. Any betrayal by anyone of them can have a debilitating impact on the very future of the State’s sons of the soil.
Proud as they are that the State government employees have been entrusted with the responsibility of updating the NRC with sincerity, leaders of both AASU and SAKP have chalked out a programme to boost the morale of the 50,000 employees.

According to the programme, they are set to meet all deputy commissioners in the State on May 17 and request them to follow the directive of the Supreme Court of India in letter and spirit by ensuring that no Bangladeshi is included in the NRC to be published.
On May 18, leaders of the two organizations will observe preronaar din (day of inspiration) at their respective regional units near martyrs’ tombs to inspire the 50,000 employees engaged in the NRC update work to make the dream of the 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation come true by not allowing any Bangladeshis in the NRC.

On May 19, they are supposed to meet State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela. And on June 4, the two organizations will demonstrate in front of Raj Bhawan against – what they say – the anti-Assam Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Addressing the media after the meeting on Tuesday, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said: “The indigenous people of Assam never went down on knees before Bangladeshis, nor do they now, nor will they ever too. We’re not going to allow the tabling of the Bill in Parliament. The Meghalaya government has shown the way. It’s better for all other States in the region to follow suit. Since NRC update is at its final stage, the employees engaged in the job are under tremendous pressure from various quarters. In such a situation, it is pertinent on the part of the government to provide them security.”

SAKP president Basab Kalita said: “Whenever jaati, maati, and bheti of Assam are at stake, the SAKP is bound to raise its voice. Service (to the government) is not more important than the State’s cause.”

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