LAKHIMPUR: The Dhemaji District unit of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) staged a protest in Dhemaji town on Monday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the district and addressed a public rally at Silapathar.
The protesters demanded the implementation of the Clause VI of the Assam Accord, stopping construction of the big river dam including the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project until and unless the life of the people and their property in the downstream are secured. They also demanded tagging of flood and erosion as national problem, and to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Taking part in the protest programme, Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah expressed resentment by stating that Prime Minister Modi did not give importance to the burning issues of Dhemaji district in his lecture. He called upon the Prime Minister and the Assam Chief Minister not to sponsor vote bank safeguarding politics by playing with the emotion of Assamese people.
Sarmah and general secretary-in charge Sanjib Das re-delivered the volley of questions challenging the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to reply them in public.
"When will the Clause VI of the Assam Accord be implemented? When the perennial flood problem caused by rivers in Dhemaji like Chiyang, Lali, Simen, Gai, Jiyadhol would be mitigated by tagging the flood and erosion problem of the State as national problem? When will the victims of flood and erosion be rehabilitated?" the AASU questioned.
On the other hand, the activists of Lakhimpur district AASU also took to the streets by raising black flags to oppose the Prime Minister's visit to the State.