AASU to hit roads against govt – Monthlong protest planned


Samujjal Bhattacharjya in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Sept. 6: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today announced a month-long agitation in support of its various demands, including declaring floods and erosion problem of the state as a national problem.

It will also protest against the dilapidated roadsin the state and demand scrapping of all big dam projects in the Northeast.#Talking to reporters, ASSU leaders said they never thought that they would have to announce a month-long agitation within 15 months of the BJP-led government, on which the people had immense faith, coming to power .

“But we have seen that the state government has failed to fulfil the expectations of the people,” said AASU president Dipanka Nath.

This was the first news conference of the AASU after the new government led by one of its former presidents, Sarbananda Sonowal, came to power. “The Centre says that the water of the Brahmaputra is a national resource. Then how come floods created by the water of the same river is not a national problem?” asked general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi.

“The Centre says it does not have rules to release money to a flood-affected state unless an assessment is done about the destruction caused by the floods. Then how did the Centre release flood assistance to Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir without an assessment? This is a discrimination against Assam,” said chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya.

AASU said although the government has changed in the state, the condition of the roads has not improved.

On September 11, 12, 14 and 15, the district units of AASU will submit memoranda to the deputy commissioners of all districts demanding a dedicated group in each district led by the deputy commissioners to work for the update of the National Register of Citizens.

The Supreme Court had asked the state government to publish the draft copy of the NRC by December this year.

AASU said it was not happy with the education policies of the state government. It is opposed to the naming the model colleges after RSS ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.

It will hold a meeting on September 21 in Guwahati and have a discussing with 28 indigenous communities on September 22 to discuss its next course of action.

Rajiv Konwar Telegraph India

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