Silchar: Pradip Dutta Roy, founder president of All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), said that he is never against any Assamese student studying in Assam University, Silchar. Addressing mediapersons at a press-meet held at his Itkhola residence here on Sunday, Pradip Dutta Roy said, “I was born at Maligoan and studied there only. I have close associates with Assamese people. Why should I dislike them? I was never against them. Around 300 Assamese students are studying in Assam University. But they should not have taken out a rally protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. They are unaware of the Bill. It is wise for them to study and not getting involved in politics or anything related to it.”
The senior advocate of Gauhati High Court also said that he would have wholeheartedly supported these students had they taken out a rally demanding the incorporation of Assamese as a subject in Assam University. “Such a demand would have been a legitimate and logical. I am not against any Assamese individual. I support the way in which Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has always been trying to bridge the gap between the two valleys of Barak and Brahmaputra,” he added.
Dutta Roy condemned the statement of the president of Assam Xahitya Xabha Paramananda Rajbongshi who at a recently meeting held at Assam University had said that Khasias, Dimasas, Manipuris are the Bhoomipurtas and Khilonjiyas. “It is strange that the president of Assam Xahitya Xabha is unaware of the fact that Hindu Bengalis and Muslims are the original inhabitants. It is an insult to the people of Barak Valley. It is more strange that none of the intellectuals of Barak Valley present at the programme protested against him or corrected Paramananda Rajbongshi,” said Dutta Roy.
Dutta Roy further said that Paramananda Rajbongshi went on to say that the Assam Xahitya Xabha was instrumental and played a pivotal role in setting up Assam University. “It is completely false. In fact, Assam Sahitya Sabha, AASU and Asom Gana Sangram Parishad had always opposed it,” he added to say. He also said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would surely be passed in the Rajya Sabha in the next session.
“The statement of Akhil Gogoi that the government is trying to accommodate and provide citizenship to 1.50 crore Bangladeshi Hindus is most unfortunate. Hindus in Bangladesh are leading a peaceful and secured life. I challenge both Gogoi and Hiren Gohain to come here and discuss these things. We also do not want any foreigner to come and reside here. But from where did they get this figure? Is there any base?” asked Pradip Dutta Roy. Moreover, the suspension of Dutta Roy from BJP on the ground that he had threatened the Assamese students studying at Assam University for protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has not upset or unsettled him.
“I do not need a political party to work for and serve the people of this valley. Pradip Dutta Roy is itself an identity. I do not need any party to define me. Though, it is unfortunate that BJP could not utilize my prowess nor make the most of me. I have received enough support from Sarbananda Sonowal. I have no complaints,” he added to say.
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