‘Sacrifices of 855 martyrs will go in vain if Assam Accord not implemented’
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 16: Stepping up its offensive, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) today took to the streets in protest against the Centre's notification on migrant refugees.
The rally, which began from Swahid Bhavan in Uzan Bazar and ended at Raj Bhavan, was supported by the All Assam Xarania Kachari Students' Union (AAXKSU) and the All Assam Modahi Students' Union (AAMSU).
AASU's chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said: "It was clearly mentioned in the Assam Accord that March 16, 1971 will be the cut-off date for accepting migrant Bangladeshi people. Those who have entered Assam after that will be treated as illegal migrants." He said there should not be any discrimition on religious grounds in this issue. "We will not accept the Centre's decision to regularize the minority migrants. We have the support of 26 other organizations. We want to warn the government not to play politics in the me of religion."
AAXKSU president Hiran Xarania said: "The sacrifice of 855 martyrs will go in vain if the Central government does not implement the Assam Accord. Prime Minister Modi had promised to resolve the influx issue, but now he has made a U-turn. We condemn the decision of the Central government and urge the people of the state to protest this conspiracy." Meanwhile, AGP president Atul Bora today chaired a meeting of representatives of seven political parties, including the Left parties and AIUDF. The meeting condemned the Centre's notification and resolved to stage a march to Raj Bhavan on September 19. Representatives from the LDP, Samajwadi Party and Ga Mukti Sangram Asom were also present at the meeting.