PATHSALA: With the participation of several thousand protesters, including students of various institutions, a massive rally was organized by AASU, AJYCP and 30 other ethnic organizations in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act-2019 on Saturday in the playground of the newly-created Bhattadev University in the erstwhile campus of Bajali College.
The organization termed it as ‘Bajra Ninad’ (mass strong cry). It was organized under the aegis of Barpeta district AASU and Bajali Zila Samiti of AJYCP in cooperation with several organizations and people of the locality. This rally was addressed by various leaders of the organizing student bodies, noted artistes and others dignitaries.
AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya addressed the mass rally in Pathsala and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the same CAA was not good for Inner Line Permit area and the 6th schedule areas? He said that the agitation would be a long one and this time the students and other people would continue their studies on one hand and on the other hand they would continue the agitation. He also asked the Prime Minister why the Indo-Bangladesh border had not been opened.
During his speech, he alleged that Prime Minister had dishonoured the historic Assam Accord. Most of the promises which were made by the Prime Minister remain as promises only and not had not been fulfilled. He also said that the anti-CAA stir would continue with more determination.
AASU president Dipanka Nath hinted at an alternative force to uproot the BJP-led government in the 2021 election and alleged that the present government was forcefully going to give the State the burden of Bangladeshi migrants which would destroy the Assamese language, culture, integrity and identity. He blamed the BJP-led government and Narendra Modi for the move along with Chief Minister Sarmabanda Sonowal , minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP leaders. He also alleged that during election campaign, Modi had assured the people of the State that Bangladeshis would have to leave the State after the BJP came to power. But nothing happened, said the AASU president.
Advocate Arup Borbora in his speech slammed the AGP leaders and BJP leaders for imposing CAA in the State. “The CAA will give us additional burden of illegal Bangladeshis of 43 years from 1971 to 1914,” he said.
Barpeta branch of Satra Youth Samaj also offered financial help to Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya for the anti-CAA legal fight. Rana Pratam Boruah, president of the AJYCP, reiterated the stand to continue the struggle from Sadiya to Dhubri until the CAA was withdrawn. In the rally, among others artistes, Arun Bezbaruah delivered speech, Prasanta Rajkhowa and Babu presented songs while Lakshi Das recited a poem in the rally.