GUWAHATI: On a day when PM Narendra Modi addressed yet another poll rally in upper Assam, seeking votes for BJP alliance at the nerve centre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests that rocked upper Assam in December 2019, the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) on Saturday took out over 400 motorbike rallies across Assam opposing CAA.
Aasu activists took the protest path in Guwahati roads, covering over 20 km arterial route with protesters riding bikes and shouting slogans to repeal the controversial citizenship legislation. Nearly 428 local units of Aasu observed the protest programme in various districts. At the call of All Guwahati Students’ Union, about 500 bikers joined the protest rally in the city, that started from the Swahid Nyas Bhavan of the Aasu here.
Aasu general secretary Sankar Jyoti Baruah challenged Modi to seek votes, advocating the CAA once more. “BJP will be routed in Assam, if they campaign with the slogan to implement the CAA. Their silence doesn’t mean that the BJP-led government won’t implement the CAA. We all must be cautious,” Baruah said.
“CAA is bad for Assam and that’s why BJP leaders are not seeking votes, citing the citizenship law as their achievement,” he asserted.
Opposition Congress had also questioned the silence of the top leaders of the saffron party regarding CAA, terming it a tactical move to swiftly sail in the assembly polls. When the BJP leaders are banking upon CAA to win West Bengal, the saffron coalition leaders are not talking about CAA louder in Assam. According to anti-CAA groups, the BJP doesn’t want to spark off the citizenship debate this election season, which can backfire on them.
Aasu, in a press statement however said that the saffron party is firm on their previous stand on CAA, which it said will impose a burden of illegal foreigners for 43 years since 1971. BJP will release its election manifesto next week, which will further clear its latest stance on CAA.
“Putting the existence of language and culture of Assam in danger by implementing CAA and efforts to rehabilitate foreigners of religious grounds won’t be accepted at any cost,” reiterated Aasu president Dipanka Nath and general secretary Baruah. They announced continuation of the protests till CAA is withdrawn totally.
Aasu has convened an important state executive meeting here on Sunday. Aasu insiders said that the leading students’ body, despite maintaining its ‘apolitical’ stance, may come up with a call to reject BJP this election. Aasu leadership has already said that it will create an undercurrent in favour of new regional parties- Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal this election- borne out of the anti-CAA movement.