|‘Political parties should abstain from taking advantage’ |
DULIAJAN, Dec 18 - “Political parties should abstain from taking advantage of the recent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act - 2019 (CAA),” said Chittaranjan Basumatary, the central vice-president of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), while addressing nearly 25,000 protesters at the gana satyagraha programme at the Duliajan Bihutoli ground today. People from all walks of life gathered at the ground at the call of the AASU, AJYCP and 30 indigenous communities-based student bodies and many women and workers’ organisations for a mass satyagraha movement.
“The Assamese masses would choose a perfect political alternative in the time to come,” Basumatary said terming Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as the real villain. The main people, who advocated the CAA like Himanta Biswa Sarma, Atul Bora, BJP state president Ranjit Dass should be made house bound, he added.
Dr Satyakam Barthakur, Director of Journalism and Mass Communication Study Centre, Dibrugarh University said, “ This government has become a killer government, run by a group of cunning politicians. But they don’t know that the language of Assam is Assamese, the nationality of the indigenous residents of the land is Assamese and the religion of Assam is also Assamese.” He added that the government had already amended the Passport Entry into India Act and the Foreigners’ Act and paved the way for citizenship for illegal migrants. “The Central government not only betrayed the people of Assam, they also attacked the secular character of the Indian Constitution”, Dr Barthakur said, accusing Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of having direct involvement with the opposition political party’s student wing during the Assam Movement. He slammed the arrest of Akhil Gogoi and Jiten Dutta and demanded their immediate release.
Dr Anil Saikia, ex-Principal of Moran College urged the people of Assam to start a united democratic movement against the contentious Act. He said that the students of the region have to study hard to tackle the problems thrown by the Centre at Assam. “No one can defeat the power of the masses. One day, those who framed such an Act threatening Assamese culture and civilisation, will have to face mass judgement,” he remarked.
The satyagraha protest today was inaugurated by a chorus sung by local artistes of the town. The inaugural speech was given by senior journalist and working president of Sanmilita Sangbadik Mancha, Duliajan, Jayanta Bhuyan. Rajat Kamal awardee artiste Jadumoni Dutta also spoke and slammed the BJP government. Later, thousands of protesters were taken into police custody.