GUWAHATI, June 29 – Holding the State Government and the Centre responsible for the worsening flood situation in Assam, the members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today staged a demonstration in front of Raj Bhavan.
Hundreds of protesters took part in the demonstration, shouting slogans against the governments.
The AASU activists were particularly critical of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, a Rajya Sabha representative from Assam, saying that his role in addressing the grave problem of recurring floods and unabated erosion was tantamount to a negation of his responsibilities as a representative of the people of Assam.
“Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh who is a representative of Assam has been a total failure in addressing floods and erosion. It is apparent that he is more interested in his seat from Assam rather than in the life-and-death problems faced by the people,” AASU president Sankar Prasad Rai and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said in a statement.
The AASU leaders said that solution eluded a host of pressing concerns of the people of the State mainly due to the apathetic attitude of the Centre and the State Government.
“Floods, erosion, protection to the State’s heritage seat Majuli, cross-border infiltration from Bangladesh, updating of the national register of citizens (NRC), constitutional safeguards for the indigenous populace, etc., have been some of the burning issues faced by the people but both the Governments are least bothered about the urgent need to tackle those,” Rai and Gogoi said.
The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) also staged protests in the seven north-eastern States accusing the Centre of failing to address the problems of the region.