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AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya
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People of Assam will not compromise on CAA: AASU clarifies

Burn copy of CAA during auspicious fire of ‘Meji’ while celebrating Bhogali Bihu, powerful students’ body AASU, like-minded organisations urge people of state

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre and the state are requesting the agitating groups of Assam to sit for negotiation to break the deadlock regarding the ongoing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) row, the All Assam Students’ Union leadership on Monday said that they will never compromise on CAA and demanded that it must be scrapped by the government soon.

Speaking with EastMojo on the sidelines of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) sit-in demonstration held in Dispur on Monday, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya categorically said that people of Assam and AASU won’t compromise upon the ‘Citizenship Act’ issue with the government in any way and it must be scrapped immediately.

“No point of any compromise on the issue and CAA must go,” Bhattacharya added.

Talking about the demands put by the student organisation in front of the BJP-led government at Centre and their stand against the citizenship issue, Bhattacharya expressed that the students’ body seeks for a permanent solution to the embroiling issue and it is that CAA must be scrapped and the government should initiate a time-bound action plan to implement all clause of Assam Accord.

“We are not agitating for agitation, we want a permanent solution and it is that CAA must be scrapped and there must be a time-bound action plan for implementing Assam Accord,” Bhattacharya expressed.

Lambasting Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted popular radio programme Mann ki Baat, Bhattacharya said that if the Prime Minister is so anxious to know the concerns of his countrymen, why is he not addressing or willing to hear concerns and demand of the people of Assam.

Bhattacharya, while referring to a Supreme Court verdict in 2005, said, "There are external aggression and internal disturbance in Assam due to large-scale illegal influx from Bangladesh. I challenge PM Modi to prove how CAA will be favourable for the state after such a judgment provided by the apex court.”

Notably, AASU along with 30 other like-minded organisations have also urged the people of the state to feed copies of CAA into flames of “Meji” while celebrating the auspicious occasion of Bhogali Bihu (Magh Bihu) on January 14.