* AASU demands ILP for entire Northeast
NEW DELHI: Terming Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as a betrayer, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya on Tuesday said that “from being a ‘Jatir Nayak’ (People’s hero), he (Sonowal) has become a protector of illegal infiltrators”.
“He has come to power with the promise that he will identify and evict the illegal infiltrators, but he is now working as a protector of illegal infiltrators,” said Bhattacharya in New Delhi.
Bhattacharya was talking to the reporters in New Delhi on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Stating that “neither Assam nor the Northeast will accept the CAA in any form”, Bhattacharya accused the BJP government at the Centre of playing a divide-and-rule policy.
“There is a provision in CAA that states with Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the Sixth Schedule areas are exempted from the implementation of this Act… It is understood that CAA will have a negative impact on the demography of these areas… If CAA is bad for the exempted areas then how can it be good for the other areas of Assam?” posed Bhattacharya.
The AASU leader further said that CAA has violated the human rights of the indigenous people of Assam by threatening their political right, culture and their overall social identity. He further demanded that the whole of Northeast should be brought under ILP.
“The Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, placed practically the entire State of Assam under the ILP system before it was withdrawn on December 11, 2019 which is again an act of political injustice. We demand that Assam and the whole of Northeast be placed under the Regulation to ensure that the illegal immigrants once detected in Assam as per the provision of the Assam Accord do not re-enter the region in future illegally,” said Bhattacharya.
Meanwhile, AASU and North East Student Organisation (NESO) have jointly called for a two-day strike across the north-eastern States condemning the Sunday violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
“We oppose violence on students in any form. The Central government is responsible for the entire incident as the law and order in Delhi comes under the Home Ministry,” said Bhattacharya.