Updated: December 2, 2014 8:31:49 pm
Prime minister Narendra Modi’s continuation of the erstwhile UPA government’s land transfer agreement with Bangladesh has triggered off massive protests across Assam, with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today staging a statewide sit-in demonstration to press the Centre for cancellation of the pact.
Thousands of AASU volunteers sat on a dharna in all district and sub-divisional towns across the Assam, raising slogans against the prime minister’s stand. “We strongly oppose his stand. Whatever portion of land India is supposed to get back from Bangladesh is also our land, whatever portion the government wants to give away to that country is also ours,” said AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi.
Prime minister Modi had on Sunday announced, during his two-day visit to Assam that the NDA regime would go ahead with the land transfer deal signed by the previous government with Bangladesh, at the same time ensuring that it would be used to stop illegal migration from Bangladesh.
“I know the sentiments of the people of Assam. I assure you that I am going to use the proposed land swap deal for the benefit of Assam. I am going to make such arrangements that the land swap deal with Bangladesh benefits Assam. I am going to use the land swap deal to stop illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, which has been a perennial problem for the state. I am also going to use the land swap deal to ensure security along the border in Assam,” Modi had said.
Not convinced with this assurance, the AASU has pointed out that the BJP had adopted double standards in the land transfer issue. “The BJP had sent a group of national leaders to the India-Bangladesh border where they even hoisted the tricolor on those patches of land which the UPA government had agreed to hand over to Bangladesh. The party’s state unit had also called a bandh in Assam to protest the agreement. Why is the Modi government now endorsing the same pact which it had opposed when it was in the opposition,” asked AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on the other hand announced it would launch a series of agitational programmes from the day the BJP-led government placed the Bill on land transfer with Bangladesh. “All seven BJP MPs from Assam will have to face the consequences of the land transfer Bill,” said AGP general secretary Kamala Kanta Kalita.
The Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) yesterday burnt effigies of the prime minister across the state. “It has now become clear that there is no difference between the Congress and the BJP as far as Assam’s security is concerned,” said AJYCP president Manoj Barua.
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