NAGAON, Jan 11 - To discuss the issue of non-inclusion of names of a large number of Hindu Bengalis in the first draft of NRC and the inclusion of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam through the amendment to the Citizenship Act 1955, a meeting was arranged at Hojai at the initiative of former minister Dr Ardhendu Kr Dey and the Asam Nagarik Mancha on January 8 last. The meeting was attended by AASU members and other stakeholders in the district.
Later, talking to mediapersons, former Congress minister Dr Dey openly supported the controversial statement made by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue of NRC update in Assam.
Dr Dey questioned as to why AASU has not opposed the inclusion of the name of Paresh Baruah in the NRC.
Responding to Dr Dey’s opinion, AASU vice president Mani Madhab Mahanta and its district president Abhijit Das stated that AASU is working in the interest of the indigenous people of the State.
The NRC update process is being conducted in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court and the students’ group has full faith in the apex court.
Both the AASU leaders warned persons like Dr Dey not to plead for illegal foreign nationals in future. AASU will not tolerate persons with communal mentality, they added. Alam Hussain Talukdar, vice president of Hojai unit of AASU, stated that there is no place for Bangladeshis in the State.