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Northeast Today

AASU rejects bargain on CAB with Centre

AASU rejects bargain on CAB with Centre
December 08
11:42 2019

NET Bureau

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Saturday asserted that the Union government should not mislead the people of Assam by bargaining the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with the constitutional safeguard, which is a right of the Assamese people who have taken the burden of foreign migrants up to 1971.
The AASU has launched another mass movement against the contentious Bill that includes full support to the North East bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) and a mass hunger strike in Guwahati on December 13.
Torchlight rallies are being taken out to garner public support to the movement on December 7 and 8, and from December 14 onwards, meetings and rallies would be organised in all rural and suburban areas. Copies of the CAB would be burnt on the day it is tabled in Parliament.

The December 10 bandh from 5 am to 4 pm coincides with the AASU’s Swahid Diwas – observed every year in memory of Khargeswar Talukdar, the first martyr of the Assam Movement.

AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya, addressing the media here on Saturday, said, “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who was the Home Minister during the first Narendra Modi government has said the CAB protesters failed to convince the government over the issue.

“The AASU challenges Rajnath Singh to come for an open debate on the matter, instead of trying to belittle our efforts to protect our culture, language and identity,” Bhattacharyya said.

The student body alleged that the provision of excluding areas covered by the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and the tribal areas included in the Sixth Schedule from the purview of the revised draft of CAB, 2019 by inserting a new Section 6(B) was a ploy to divide the people of the North East and weaken their movement.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said, “The NESO’s stand to put up a joint fight against this act is a befitting reply to this trick by the Centre. Moreover, we want to ask the Union government that if CAB is harmful for the tribal areas and ILP-protected areas of the North East, how can it be positive for other areas of the same region? The people can now see through the lies and deceptions.”

The AASU leaders said that during their meeting with Shah, the AASU reminded him about the BJP’s vision document ahead of the State Assembly elections which promises implementation of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit. The document nowhere speaks of giving citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis.

“State BJP leaders who came to power on this promise will have to pay dearly for betraying the people of Assam and blatantly violating the historic Accord, a tripartite agreement that was signed by representatives of the Union government, the State government and the agitators, in the presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,” they said.

The AASU leaders questioned the Union government’s move on taking a step against the basic structure of the Constitution of India.

“In the Kesavananda Bharati case, Minerva Mills case and the Bommai case, the apex court has time and again stated that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be altered. Giving citizenship on the basis of religion is one such step which is against the Constitution and the ethos of secular Indian democracy. The Union government and the BJP should be answerable to the people of India on this matter,” they said.

The AASU leaders criticised the State BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, for their meek stand on the issue, which was a question of existence for the indigenous people of Assam. “As the Congress brought the IMDT Act to secure its Bangladeshi vote bank, the BJP is going to bring CAB for vote bank politics at the cost of the interest of the indigenous people,” said AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi.

The AASU leaders alleged that once citizenship is given to the illegal migrants coming to India till December 31, 2014, it will encourage more Bangladeshi migrants to enter Assam.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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