By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 6: With former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta setting the bang-on-BJP tune, the speakers at the convention called against the Centre's recent notification went hammer and tongs against the Saffron party at the District Library here today.
At the exchange of opinion session of the convention, senior jourlist Adip Phukan said: "The BJP is out to damage the Assamese language and community, politically. Only with political motives, the BJP has taken the anti-Assamese stance. The party wants to strengthen its base in Assam at the cost of Assamese tiolism. There should be wide spread protest and movement against this conspiracy hatched by the Saffron party. Barring the Congress and the BJP, all parties in the State should be united to ensure safety and security of Assam."
Speaking on the occasion, AGP president Atul Bora said: "The rendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre doesn't want to solve the problem of foreigners. Rathar he has started politics on the issue with his eyes set on votes. The Central notification will act like a slow poison and capture Assam like an octopus."
Criticizing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, noted intellectual Lakshmith Tamuly said: "He has divided Assam into a number of communities by forming as many as 27 development councils in the State."
Tamuly also criticized the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) for a number of their leaders joining the BJP.
AJYCP president Biraj Talukdar said: "People now dare to shout anti-Assamese slogans in the State. The RSS, according to local people, was behind the recent anti-Assamese slogans shouted at Bijni. I do blame it on the AGP for paving the way for the BJP in Assam. It was with the help of the AGP the Saffron party entered Assam."
Jourlist Manjit Mahanta said: "The BJP and the Congress are two sides of the same coin. Both the parties are looting Assam. There should be a big agitation in the State against the Centre's recent notification."
Former MLA Premadhar Bora said: "All tiol parties only want to nip the regiol forces, and the BJP is doing exactly that now. The Assam Accord has to be implemented, and to make that happen all people should take to the streets."
Former MP Jayashree Goswami Mahanta said: "Modi government has its eyes set on the resources in Assam. Now the BJP wants power to exploit the rich tural resources in the State."
Former MLA Barki Prasad Telenga cautioned against the aggression by the rendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre. He came down heavily on AASU leaders Sankar Prasad Ray and Tapan Kumar Gogoi for joining the BJP. "It's because of the weak stand taken by the AASU, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won the election of prestigious Cotton College in Guwahati. This is a blow on the Assamese tiolism," he said.
Former Axam Xatra Mohaxabha (AXM) Podadhikar Bhadrakanta Goswami said that the party hoppers in the State should be cornered or else the Assamese tiolism would be at stake.
Earlier, tribute was paid to the Assam Agitation martyrs. While reception committee president Kamalesh Deka delivered the welcome address, Dr. Nessar Ahmed released a book, 'Sangrami Dastabez'. He appealed to all to fight for the existence of Assam and Assamese tiolism. Rupam th explained the objective of the convention.