|Students shouldn’t boycott classes: Saikia|
GUWAHATI, Jan 10 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today called upon the student community of the State not to boycott classes while taking part in the agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
“At a time when Assam is witnessing massive protests against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, students across the State are opting for boycott of classes as a form of protest. I respect their sentiments, but I appeal to the students not to boycott classes. Boycotting of classes had been resorted to earlier during the Independence movement but that was compensated to an extent by establishing ‘jatiya vidyalayas’. This precaution was not taken when classes were boycotted by students during the Assam Agitation which resulted in adverse long-term results for our State,” Saikia said.
He added, “Any given society cannot progress or hold its own if its youths are not academically proficient. Therefore, I urge the student community of Assam to attend classes and organise the necessary protest programmes before and after classes for the greater good of our State.”