AASU to meet national leaders for consensus on Citizenship Amendment Bill

With widespread protests in Assam over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has come forward to create awareness against the Bill at the national level in order to pressurise the Central government to not progress with the proposed Bill.

“We have already met leaders of 11 political parties across the state over the Bill. We are going to meet more leaders at national level to have a consensus over the issue,” union adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said on Friday.

A Bhattacharyya led delegation, has met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently over the concerned matter. Kumar has assured the delegation that he would write to the Prime Minister against the Central government’s move to give citizenship on the basis of religion.

“We are going to meet Mamata Banerjee, Navin Patnaik and other strong regional party leaders across the country soon,” he said.

AASU President Dipank Kumar Nath said, “Assam is a small state and had already taken the burden of illegal Bangladeshis, who entered the state till midnight of March 24, 1971. The illegal infiltration from Bangladesh had already changed the demography of the state” adding “The historical Assam Accord is a national commitment which had categorically said that those who had entered the state after midnight of March 24, 1971 will have to be detected and deported.”

Nath has also informed that the student body’s central executive meeting is scheduled on Saturday followed by a delegates’ meeting on Sunday.

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