A week after two former senior leaders of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) joined the BJP, former chief minister and AGP chief Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has cautioned “against forces set out to hijack the students’ outfit”.
Mahanta, who was the president of AASU from 1979 to 1985, believes that the BJP is out to weaken the AASU, and in the process also target regionalism in Assam. He feels that the BJP has hatched a conspiracy to “finish off” AASU so that two birds are killed with one stone — weaken the strongest students’ union of the region that represents the aspirations Assamese and wipe out regionalism.
“Forces have been at work to weaken AASU since the days of the Assam movement against Bangladeshi infiltrators that we had launched in 1979. The student body should remain cautious against such forces,” said Mahanta.
Top AGP leaders who have shifted to the BJP in the past two years include former AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowari, former ministers Atul Bora, Hitendra Nath Goswami, Jagadish Bhuyan, former Guwahati mayor Queen Ojah, and party spokesman Bijan Mahajan among others.