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AASU seeks govt apology in spl House session

AASU seeks govt apology in spl House session
January 17
09:40 2020

NET Bureau

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Thursday said that the government must convene a special session of the State Legislative Assembly to apologise to the people of Assam for misinterpreting the Assam Accord on the floor of the House.

On speculations about AASU’s initiative to form a political front in Assam, the student body maintained that the issue was being discussed among the people of Assam and that the AASU would maintain its apolitical character at any cost.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the State Assembly on Monday misinterpreted the cut-off date of the Assam Accord saying that there was a wrong notion regarding 1971 as the cut-off date.

“Clause 5, in its sub-sections 5.1 to 5.9, has elaborately dealt with the status of the foreigners and the base year for their detection and deletion. It says that the foreigners who came to Assam after 1.1.1966 (inclusive) and up to March 24, 1971 shall be detected in accordance with the Foreigners Act 1946 and the Foreigners (Tribunal) order 1964. Again, the foreigners who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971 shall continue to be detected, deleted and expelled in accordance with law,” Bhattacharya said.

“The minister concerned and also the State Chief Minister must apologise to the people of Assam for this wilful misinterpretation of the historic Accord in the sanctified confines of the House,” Bhattacharya added.

The student body, which is spearheading the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across Assam had hinted about the need for a political alternative in several of its protest rallies in Guwahati as well as elsewhere but refrained from explaining its role in it.

“The political alternative is being considered by the people of Assam after being betrayed repeatedly by all political parties, be it Congress, BJP, AGP or the Left parties. AASU is a non-political organisation and would maintain its apolitical character at any cost,” the AASU leader added.

However, Bhattacharya had on several occasions stated that the people of Assam are the ‘high command’ of the AASU and the student body would seek their guidance for its every action.

It needs mention that Himanta Biswa Sarma also recently commented about AASU’s intentions to form a political front.

“We want the guidance of the people of Assam for taking the movement to a more organised format. Our main objective is that the CAA should be repealed and the Assam Accord must be implemented in letter and spirit to protect the interests of the indigenous people of Assam. It is definitely going to be a long battle,” the AASU chief adviser said.

During the Magh Bihu, the AASU and a number of other organisations burnt the copies of the amended Citizenship Act in the fire of meji across the State.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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