Guwahati, January 31, 2019
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has sought the support of the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee in its fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) passed in the Lok Sabha.
As per reports, AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said that they have approached the TMC government in a bid to corner the BJP in Assam and to brush off rumours that they are against Bengalis.
Clearing the air the students’ body leader also stated that their fight is only against illegal Bangladeshis and that Assam shouldn’t be a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis. “We want to assure the Bengali speaking community in India and particularly in West Bengal that we are only against Bangladeshis,” said Bhattacharya.
Hailing MP Prof Sougata Roy’s stand in the Parliament that “the Bill would affect the interest of indigenous people of Assam along with the entire Northeast”, Bhattacharya added that they want support from the TMC and the West Bengal chief minister and are ready to speak to her. “It is a question of citizens versus non-citizens, not about Hindus versus Muslims or Bengalis versus Assamese people,” he said.
“We feel cheated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who was a member of our organization earlier but after sitting in the chair of Chief Minister he stood to betray the people of his own state. We had high hopes from his government but with the passage of the Bill, we have no hopes from them”, added Bhattacharya.