GUWAHATI: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has warned the BJP-led Government at Dispur of facing the music in case the latter takes an anti-Assamese stand by supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The warning from the students’ organization came a day after the Assam Assembly witnessed uproar on Monday over the controversial Bill. A strongly worded statement issued by AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi on Tuesday evening accused the present regime at Dispur of taking a contradictory stand on the issue of granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis which will have far-reaching ramifications on the future of indigenous people of the State. “Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been very vocal in saying that he will not do anything that harms the interest of indigenous people of the State. The Sonowal Government has also assured the Assam Assembly that the government will not violate the historic Assam Accord. But by submitting an affidavit in the Gauhati High Court supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 the government has exposed its double standard,” Gogoi said, adding that the AASU will not support any stand including long-term Visa of the Centre to give shelter to Hindu Bangladeshis.
While the Assam Accord fixed March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis from the State, the BJP-led NDA government issued a Gazette Notification on September 7, 2015 to protect the religious minorities who came over to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.