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Preranaar din sets the counter-Bangladeshi agenda

GUWAHATI, May 18: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) have vowed not to allow even a single Bangladeshi in the NRC being updated now.
The two organizations observed preranaar din (inspiration day) throughout the State on Friday to inspire the 50,000 State Government employees engaged in NRC update work under the office of the State NRC Coordinator. The AASU-SAKP combine observed the day by paying tribute to the 855 martyrs of the State and drawing inspiration from the sacrifice they made for the wellbeing of the State and its people. Through preranaar din, the two organizations inspired the employees of the State to do their NRC duty with full devotion, honesty and integrity so that the NRC is completely Bangladeshi-free.

In Guwahati, preranaar din was centrally observed at the Swahid Vedi (martyrs’ tomb) near Ganesh Mandir at Ganeshguri. The programme was jointly organized by the All Guwahati Students’ Union (AGSU) and the Guwahati district unit of the SAKP.
Speaking on the occasion, AASU’s adviser-in-chief Samujjal Bhattacharjya said: “Only a Bangladeshi-free NRC can be the safeguard for the indigenous people of Assam. Gauging the importance of the matter, all State government employees engaged in NRC update work should do their best in document verification so that not a single Bangladeshi gets berth in the NRC. It has come to light that Bangladeshis have been trying to enter their names in the NRC through false documents. Taking that in view, the employees should ensure that in the remaining 43 days, there’s no lapse in verification of documents.”

The second and the final draft NRC is going to be published on June 30.

Speaking at the programme, SAKP president Basab Kalita said: “A foreigner-free NRC is a national responsibility that lies with the State government employees. In so far as NRC update is concerned, we need to do our duty with total attention. I appeal to all employees of the State engaged in NRC duty to see that there’s no lapse on their part in verifying NRC documents. The job demands total attention.”

Speaking at the programme, AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said: “We can’t afford to miss our last chance to get rid of Bangladeshis through an error-free NRC.”

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