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AASU clarifies stand on donation
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 24 – There is a political ‘equation’ to taint the image of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) for its consistent anti-mega-dam posture. The equation is the result of a pro-mega-dam lobby’s ploy to answer the massive anti-mega-dam demonstration organized by the students’ body on November 13, said the AASU here today.

 The students’ body also made it clear that it is the duty of all those running business in Assam to contribute to the coffers of the AASU and other ‘social organisations’ of the State.

Addressing a press conference here today, AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy and advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya made the above assertions and alleged that State’s Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi and Asom Gana Parishad leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta are behind this equation.

For, Congress’ Nava Talukdar and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s trusted aide Niren Deka are there in a team to defame the AASU. Both Talukdar and Deka are in a nascent organization – Ex-General Secretaries’ Forum of the Gauhati University Post Graduate Students’ Union – that recently held a pro-mega-dam seminar. The ‘blessings’ of Minister Bardoloi were there behind the seminar. This forum has not raised its voice on any issue other than the mega-dam issue with a pro-mega-dam stance, alleged the AASU leaders.

The November 13 demonstration outnerved the pro-mega-dam lobby and hence they organized a press conference yesterday with Talukdar and Deka playing the key roles and played part of an audio tape that had the conversation between AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya and a Delhi-based official of the Vishal Mega Mart, said the AASU leaders.

They clarified that the Vishal authorities have an agreement to pay Rs 2 lakh to the AASU annually. Since the monthly profit of the Vishal Mega Mart in Assam shot up to Rs 10 lakh, the AASU requested the authorities of the business firm to raise their annual contribution to the AASU to Rs 3 lakh.

It was then that the AASU advisor had to talk to one of the Delhi-based officials of the business firm. This conversation was recorded and handed over to the pro-mega-dam lobby in an unethical manner. The Vishal authorities will have to explain why they have gone for such an unethical deed, said the AASU leaders, adding, the civility of the AASU members should not be treated as their weakness. They, however, clarified that the AASU would not take law into its hand.

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