Guwahati, Sunday, September 27, 2020

Rethink on unification, Akhil tells AJP, AASU
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - In a scathing criticism of the newly formed Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP), KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi on Saturday said the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) made a historical blunder by distancing itself from the “one party, one flag and one symbol” formula as proposed by him and again urged the student organisation to rethink on the proposed strategy.

 Gogoi, who is now under detention and currently undergoing treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), made the remark in a written statement where he also asserted that unification of regional forces will be the only way to save the greater Assamese society from the onslaught of communal fascism.

He further stated that to eliminate the distress of all sections of people residing in Assam and to defeat the BJP and the RSS together with saving the identity and interests of the Assamese people, unification of all regional forces was the only option.

“But, AASU has lost a historical scope of doing so,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gogoi urged the KMSS to form an inclusive political party by taking into confidence all anti-CAA forces. Notably, the KMSS leadership has already announced that it would float a new political outfit within this month.

Gogoi also warned his own organisation against any hurry in forming the political outfit and to try its best to enter into a coalition with the AJP and other regional parties. He also urged the KMSS to formulate a correct strategy to defeat both the BJP and the Congress-AIUDF coalition in the forthcoming Assembly election.

Moreover, Gogoi cited that at present, getting compensation against the loss incurred by the people of Assam during the lockdown should be the main agenda for every organisation. “The government imposed the lockdown in an unplanned manner, due to which it failed in preventing the spread of the contagion. On the other hand, it has devastated our economy,” he said.

To save the common people from the economic disaster, Gogoi demanded that the government stop the recently announced populist small schemes and provide at least Rs 10,000 as monthly stipend for the next six months to every family of Assam.

He also demanded proper steps from the government so that those who lost their jobs during the lockdown could get back their way of earning. He also talked about interest-free loans, waiving of agriculture and microfinance loans and waiving of tax for all businessmen, professionals and MSMEs.

In the statement, Gogoi also called for withdrawing the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. He urged the KMSS to start a strong movement against the three Bills made by the Union government.