GUWAHATI: An elated AASU (All Assam Students' Union) has said that its tenacious efforts to push forwards the demand for Bogibeel bridge over the years based on Clause 7 of the Assam Accord have paid off, translating the dream of people both North and South banks into a reality.
The students' body has said that everything, including land survey for the bridge and its funding, is recorded in the minutes of the whole lot of tripartite talks involving the Centre, Dispur and the AASU on the bridge.
In a statement issued on Monday, AASU president Dipanko Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi have said that, be it late, the long-pending dream of the people of Assam has come true. The students and the general public of the State had to take to the streets with placards to translate the demand of the bridge into a reality.
AASU adviser-in-chief Samujjal Kumar Bhattcharjya said: "The people of Assam haven't got anything without agitation. The Bogibeel Bridge has seen the light of the day due to the relentless agitations by the AASU based on Clause 7 of the Assam Accord."
It is a fact that based on various clauses of the Assam Accord, the State has got IIT-Guwahati, Tezpur University, Gas Cracker project at Lepetkota, NRL at Numaligarh, Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati, expansion of Jyoti Chitrabon, a jute mill at Silghat, Institute of Advance Studies in Science and Technology Expansion, etc. However, none of these has come without agitation. Now the students' body is trying its best to push forward the demand for the revival of Ashok Paper Mill at Jogigopa, besides the revival of a number of public sector units (PSUs).
Meanwhile, the ASSU on Monday paid tribute to Assam agitation martyrs and those affected by the agitation on the eve of the inauguration of Bogibeel Bridge as a mark of respects to their sacrifices for the cause.
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