LAKHIMPUR: The Lakhimpur district units of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi-Chatra Yuva Parishad (AJYCP) resumed their stir against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and controversial Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHP) being constructed at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal border area in Dhemaji district.
The organizations took out a massive torch rally opposing the CAA and the SLHP in North Lakhimpur town on Saturday evening. Taking part in the agitation programme, over thousands of protesters rocked the environment of the district by demanding the scrap of the contentious Act and the permanent closure of the controversial SLHP. They shouted various slogans slamming the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in connection with the issues.
"The CAA must be scrapped. Approving of the contentious Act, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has betrayed the indigenous communities of the State. He could not secure the Jati, Mati and Bheti which he promised before the election. Carrying out of the instructions issued from the Centre and by the Prime Minister is his primary objective now in order to retain the chair of Chief Minister", said Dhanmoni Dutta, general secretary of AASU Lakhimpur unit while taking part in the programme.
Further the dignitaries of the AASU and the AJYCP reiterated their stand not to allow the construction of SLHP to be completed at any cost. In this regard, they criticized the BJP-led government for favouring the big dam lobbies putting the people living in the downstream area of Subansiri river to face with imminent catastrophe in future.
According to the AASU and AJYCP, the big river dam which is being constructed in highly seismic zone will not benefit Assam but it will benefit only other States because the State will get only a little amount of electricity from NHPC after the completion of the project. In this connection, the AASU and AJYCP dignitaries, including AASU finance secretary Krishna Das and AJYCP assistant secretary Sourabh Das criticized Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking a 'U-turn' from his past stand regarding the issue.