GUWAHATI, July 29: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which led the historic six-year long anti-foreigners’ movement, on Sunday expressed the hope that the complete draft NRC will not have a single name of illegal Bangladeshi national.
AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjya told The Sentinel that it will not only be a historic moment but also a moment of pride that a complete draft NRC on the basis of the Assam Accord and as per the directive of the Supreme Court, will be published on Monday. He said the NRC will be the lone document and tool to safeguard the identity and the rights of the indigenous people of the State.
Making a fervent appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony, Bhattacharjya said some organizations are trying to brand the AASU as anti-Bengali and anti-Muslim on the pretext of NRC update. He said the AASU is not anti to any community, caste, creed and religion. “AASU is only anti-illegal Bangladeshi nationals for which it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure free and fair update of the NRC,” Bhattacharjya said.
On other hand, a joint statement by the AASU president and general secretary Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi respectively said a NRC free from the names of illegal Bangladeshis will justify sacrifices of hundreds of martyrs of the Assam Movement. Both Nath and Gogoi appealed to all AASU workers to help in maintaining peaceful situation in the State after publication of the complete draft NRC.
The AASU has set up a cell at Swahid Nyas at Uzan Bazar to help citizens to see their names in the draft NRC.