BARPETA, Nov 20 - As part of the crusade against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 a team of the Barpeta district committee of the All Assam Students’ Union organised a gherao programme of the MLA of Jania constituency Abdul Khalek. The AASU team led by the president of the district committee Krishnakanta Das met the MLA at the Rajiv Bhawan the district office of the Congress here and raised before him the issue of impending danger in the wake of the adoption of the controversial bill.
They demanded that Khalek should raise the issue in the Assembly and protest it tooth and nail. They also wanted to know the viewpoints of the party which Khalek represents i.e.., the Congress.
Replying to the AASU, Khalek said that opening of the international border to anybody even for those facing atrocities in the neighbouring countries is not a solution at all. If the government feels that someone is really harassed, it should be raised in the proper international forum. The senior Congressman even favoured a war with Pakistan or Bangladesh for safeguarding of the minority communities, if they were really harassed. He made it very clear that the Congress will not support the bill at any cost.
The AASU district committee led by its president Krishnakanta and vice-president of the central committee, Pradip Das had organised a similar programme on November 17 last at the residence of Barpeta MLA Gunindra Nath Das and raised the issue. Das who is also the president of the Barpeta district committee of AGP assured the AASU delegation that he along with his party colleagues will vehemently oppose the bill in the Assembly. Stating that his portfolio is not superior to the nation, Gunindra Nath Das said that he will not hesitate to resign from the Assembly in case the bill is enacted and imposed in Assam.