The swapping of adversely possessed land between India and Bangladesh,it seems,has not gone well in Assam,with the All Assam Students Union (AASU) as well as opposition parties continuing to oppose the move.
While the AASU has begun a series of agitational programmes,the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP state unit have launched a signature campaign against the deal. The student body,which organised a torch-light protest on Friday and a highway blockade on Saturday,has also called for a central rally in Guwahati on September 15.
The land in question belongs to India and not to Bangladesh. They have been encroaching upon those areas and that doesnt mean we should concede those to the neighboring country. This is a bad precedent,and if the state government takes such a stand then it will also have to give up claim over land encroached by Nagaland and other neighbouring states, said AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya.