GUWAHATI: The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have formally announced to launch a regional political party with the sole motto—'Assam first, always and ever'.
Making the formal announcement during a joint press conference held here on Friday, the AASU & AJYCP leaders also made the report of the 16-member advisory panel public. The panel was constituted to chalk out a future roadmap for the AASU and the AJYCP on social, economic, education and political issues.
The advisory panel comprising eminent personalities from different fields has suggested the floating of a political party completely based regional ideals and aspirations of the people of Assam. The fundamental principle of the new political party according to the advisory panel will be the historic Assam Accord and the report of the Clause 6 committee constituted by the Centre to exclusively safeguard land, political, social and cultural rights of the indigenous people of the State.
The advisory committee has observed that the AGP compromised ideals and principles of regionalism by forging a tie with the BJP. The people of Assam are disillusioned and angry with the AGP and thus favoured a new alternative regional political party.
With an aim to retain apolitical identity the AASU and the AJYCP leadership have entrusted renowned personalities Dr Krishna Gopal Bhattacharyya and Basanta Deka to constitute a full-fledged conveners' committee to take the lead in floating the new political party officially.
AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, while addressing the media, alleged that the ruling political parties while compromising the real issues of Assam have started doing religious polarization for the sake of their vote bank politics. He said Assam desperately needs a new alternative regional political platform which could include representatives from different castes, ethnic communities, religions and languages. "Our main spirit and motto will be Assam first, always and ever," Gogoi said.
AJYCP general secretary Palash Sangmai said the need of a third regional political front was felt during the massive anti-CAA movement in the State. He accused national political parties as well AGP of compromising on real issues of Assam just for the sake of power.
AASU president Dipanko Kumar Nath said that the new political party would be floated very soon. He, however, asserted that the apolitical identity of the AASU would always remain intact. "Regionalism is our political ideology. We will promote this ideology in the interest of the Assamese people," Nath said.
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