AASU observes Sankalpa Divas in Dhemaji against ‘communal elements’ & CAA
LAKHIMPUR: The Dhemaji district unit of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organized Sankalpa Divas at Chilapathar demanding the scrapping of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and against communal elements, on Friday.
Notably, a riotous mob in a rally, led by a certain communal force in demand of granting citizenship to illegal Bangladeshi Hindus, vandalized Chilapathar regional AASU office, Swahid Bedi, pulled down the statues of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Jyoti Prashad Agarwala, Bishnu Prashad Rabha and trampled the gamosa on this very day in 2017. The mob even physically attacked several activists of Dhemaji AASU, who sustained severe injuries in addition to tearing the portrait of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. They also damaged many public and private vehicles on that day. The incident of the black day completed three years on Friday.
As a strong opposition to these issues, the programme of the Sankalpa Divas began with swahid tarpan being conducted by AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, vice-president Chitta Ranjan Basumatary, Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah and other dignitaries of the organizations and noted personalities.
Taking part in the public meeting organized against the CAA and the communal riot, Samujjal Bhattacharya and Lurinjyoti Gogoi came down heavily against the BJP-led governments regarding the issues.
Sammujjal Bhattacharya expressed strong resentment against the State Government for not constructing the Chilapathar AASU office as it promised. He challenged the State Government to declare when the damaged AASU office and the statue of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika would be constructed if the government had not patronized the communal elements. He declared that the patronization of any communal force in Assam would not be tolerated by AASU.
“The move for discriminating the tribes and communities living in Assam with harmony and peace for the benefit of vested politics will not be allowed,” said AASU adviser in his speech. He severely criticized the alleged dominating and divisive policies being adopted by the State Government in order to silence the stir against CAA. He asserted that the people of Assam who were initiating agitation to secure the motherland, by safeguarding the native culture, language, and literature, would never bow down to the dominating forces. He declared that the agitation against CAA would continue until the controversial Act was withdrawn.
On the other hand, Lurinjyoti Gogoi once again became vocal against the U-turn of the BJP-led government regarding the illegal migrant issue. He demanded the government at the Centre to withdraw the CAA honouring their prior stand on the illegal infiltration. In addition to him, AASU vice-president Chittaranjan Basumatari and ATASU vice-president Dulal Baruah also spoke in the public meeting which was held under the management of Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah and general secretary Kalyan Gogoi. As a part of the programme, a protest rally was taken out in Chilapathar town with the participation of thousands of people.
Notably, in the same programme, the Mahila Samaj of Bamgaon, Chilapathar donated an amount of Rs. 30,000 as a contribution to the monetary requirement to fight against the CAA in the Supreme Court where the organization filed case against the contentious Act.