DHEMAJI, Jan 7 - The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), which is taking a pro-active role in the Statewide protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act-2019 in the State, has appealed to the indigenous Assamese people to boycott the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.
AJYCP’s general secretary Palash Changmai, who addressed a ‘mass gathering’ against CAA at Jonai in Dhemaji district today, alleged that the BJP is contemplating the free entry of a large number foreigners into Assam through the new citizenship act (CAA) for political gains thereby working to ruin the language and culture of the indigenous people.
Changmai said that the BJP-led government is accustomed to arresting innocent people maligning them with the tag of Maoists and rebel activities, which cannot be tolerated in a democratic country. He held Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal responsible for the killing of innocent people by the armed forces and demanded his resignation on moral grounds.
“The BJP is applying ‘divide and rule’ policy to derail the age-old unity among the indigenous communities in Assam and is trying to suppress the ongoing stir against CAA through various tactics. The age-old unity and peace in the State would be derailed till the BJP is in power”, Changmai lamented.
The AJYCP leader clarified that the anti-CAA movement is neither a conflict between the Assamese and Bengalis nor between Hindu and Muslims, but it is a time-bound movement for protection of interest of the indigenous Assamese people.
Opposing the BJP’s peace rally, Changmai opined that the saffron brigade is trying to show its artificial strength after losing the people’s credibility.
Speaking at the rally, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) vice president Chittaranjan Basumatary sharply criticised the role of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, saying that he was running a ‘fascist and ‘undemocratic’ government. The State government after failing to suppress anti-CAA movement is adopting ‘fascination’ for the artistes and unemployed youths to disperse protesters.
Basumatary alleged that Chief Minister Sonowal, Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders have betrayed the Assamese people, for which eminent citizens of the State are looking for an alternative political party to protect the interests of the indigenous people.
“The BJP-led State government is working against the interest of local people and therefore the indigenous people of Assam would give a befitting reply to them for their misdeeds in the forthcoming elections.
Members of the ‘Artists Society’ of Dhemaji staged a protest against the CAA through patriotic songs and other melodious presentations on the occasion.
Among others, retired Principals- Dr Hara Kt Pegu, Dr Sukhalata Gogoi, and other AJYCP leaders spoke on the occasion and opposed the CAA. They expressed apprehension that the new act would adversely affect the demography of the State besides demolishing the language, culture and traditional practices of the sons of the soil enriched with different ethnic communities in the State.
The mass gathering was organised by the Dhemaji district AJYCP in association with the All Assam Goriya-Moriya Deshi Jatiya Parishad, Jonai Muslim Samaj along with 30 ethnic organisations. The AJYCP is organising another ‘mass rally’ at Dhemaji town on January 9.