GUWAHATI: Squarely blaming it on both the Congress and the BJP, the AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) has said that the Congress government-protected Bangladeshis in Assam by bringing the IM(DT) Act, so did the BJP government by bringing the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Bill).
Talking to The Sentinel on Friday, AASU adviser-in-chief Samujjal Bhattacharya said, “The Centre has been ruled by the Congress and the BJP. The government at Dispur has also been ruled by the Congress, the AGP and the BJP. However, even 34 years after its signing the Assam Accord has not been implemented successfully by any of the governments. We don’t trust such political parties. The promises they make fail to convince us. None of them has ever given due importance to the Assam Accord.”
Reacting to a number of BJP leaders saying that the AASU leaders did not oppose the CAB actively at their recent meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, Bhattacharya said, “Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present at the meeting on CAA with Shah. In no uncertain terms we told Shah at the meeting that we were not going to accept the CAA. Now we dare either the Prime Minister or the Union Home Minister to come to Assam and have an open debate with us on the CAA. With adequate reasons we’ll let them know as to why the CAA is harmful for the people of Assam. We appeal to all political parties not to do politics on the vital issues of Assam.”