GUWAHATI, April 18: Is the Axom Xatra Mahaxabha (AXM) supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016? A few organizations are pointing their fingers at the AXM after the hearing on the Bill by the Joint Parliamentary in Delhi on April 17, 2018.
There are allegations that AXM was not an invitee to the hearing. However, a few AXM leaders were seen accompanying some RSS leaders at the hearing on the Bill. A rumour doing rounds is that the AXM is supporting the Bill. The rumour has upset a number of nationalist organizations of the State, including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). Most of the organizations from Assam opposed the Bill during the hearing.
Janardhan Gowami, an associate with AXM, said: “We did meet the JPC. However, we talked about encroachment of Xatra land in the State only.” The moot point is that the JPC has nothing to do with the encroachment of Xatra land, and this has thickened doubt on the role being played by the AXM. Surprisingly, AXM president Jitendranath Pradhani did not accompany the AXM team at the hearing. This reporter wanted to contact the AXM president on the rumour. However, the telephone was not picked up from the other end till filing of this report.