The All Assam Students’ Union on January 17th, 2020, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government of playing ‘divide and rule’ policy as far as the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act is concerned.
Talking about the exemption of Sixth Schedule areas from the Citizenship Act, Nath said, “The central government is playing divide and rule policy just to break the unity of the Assamese community.”
Besides, he slammed the government for ‘confusing’ the people about the base-year to identify the illegal foreigners, Nath said, “The government is making the public confused. Do they think the people are a fool? Each and every illegal Bangladeshi who entered into India after March 25th, 1971 has to leave Assam. It is our demand.”
Meanwhile, Palash Changmai, general secretary of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), said, “Assamese people have conspicuously said that they won’t accept the newly enacted Act.”
Accusing the BJP-led government of striving to protect the illegal foreigners, Changmai said, “We won’t allow Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Jamiyat to take shelter in Assam.”
AASU to intensify forming political party post-February
AASU, an influential students’ body, has called for the need to form a new regional political party in the state amid protests against the controversial Citizenship Act, which has triggered fears of a fresh influx of immigrants into the Northeast region.
“After February, the issue of forming a new party will be taken forward in a forceful manner,” AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said on January 17th, 2020.
While indicating that the body will play a vital role in forming the new political party, he said, “The people of Assam have felt the need for a new party to protect themselves. The artists, intellectuals and others have appealed to us about it. We feel the time has come for an alternative force to challenge the Centre and take this agitation forward.”