The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has slammed the All Assam Students Union (AASU) for allegedly going soft on the ruling BJP.The grand old party has questioned the student body’s logic for keeping mum on Citizenship(Amendment) Bill 2016 stating the developments clearly violates the Assam Accord.
What’s all the hullabaloo about?
In the lead up to the state elections earlier this year, the AASU was seen openly backing the BJP. This was despite the saffron party openly declaring in their election manifesto that after coming to power they would provide Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis. This clearly violates the Assam Accord.
AASU has been quite vocal on the issue of deportation of foreigners from the State in accordance with the Assam Accord. However on the other hand, the student body went soft towards the BJP that is going against the Assam Accord. To make matters even worse, the student body even paved the way for some its leaders to join the BJP. This apparently forms the base on which grand old party has accussed the student body of double standards.
The APCC further said that the timing of the withdrawal of the writ petition filed by the AASU at the Supreme Court against move of the Centre to accord Indian citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus only confused the people of the State.
‘The right to speak in the interests of the nation (jati), land (mati) and interests (swartha) of Assam is not of the AASU alone. Each and every party and organization of the State does have this right. The way the AASU has the right speak against the BJP’s move to provide Indian citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis by violating the Assam Accord, as a political party accountable to the people of the State the Congress too has the right to speak against the BJP’s move that is set to spell doom for the people of the State. The Congress too wants the solution to the foreigner problem in the State in accordance with the Assam Accord’ the APCC stated.
Is BJP feeling the heat?
The BJP, which won a rousing victory in the state in May with promises of protection of ‘jati, mati, bheti’ – community, land and existence – to its indigenous people, is increasingly attracting public ire and opposition from dozens of ethnic and political organisations.
And now, five months into its rule in Assam, the BJP is beginning to feel the heat. The simmering anger against the Narendra Modi government’s decision to revise the Citizenship (Amendment) Act , has reached its boiling point.
If amended, the Act would enable the over 1.5 lakh undocumented Hindu Bangladeshis residing in the state to get Indian citizenship, which would be contradictory to the Assam Accord that deems any person – whether a Hindu or Muslim – as ‘illegal’ if found entering the State from Bangladesh after March 24, 1971.