The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Tuesday evening reiterated its stand on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and said that it would not accept the bill in any form. The remarks came after the AASU leaders along with other organisations of the State met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday evening to discuss the bill.
AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said, “Assam, as well as other Northeastern State, cannot accept the CAB,” adding, “We will not tolerate anything that could nullify the historic Assam Accord.”
The AASU leaders including Bhattacharya, president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi threatened the Centre not to negotiate the Clause-VI of Assam Accord. “People of Assam will never accept the CAB and the AASU is firm in its opposition,” said AASU president Dipanka Nath.
“We can’t let BJP do whatever they want just because they have the numbers in the Parliament. If the bill becomes an act, the definition of immigrants will be changed and it will directly affect the demography of Assam as well as Northeast,” said Bhattacharya.
It may be mentioned here that the bill is aimed at making minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for applying for Indian citizenship.