Guwahati: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) challenged CM Tarun Gogoi to recognize the plot of 1200 acres of land that he asserts to have gained from the current land border protocol signed with Bangladesh.
AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya alleged that the Chief Minister was trying to deceive the people of Assam on the issue. He pointed out that Assam lost substantial amount of land in the deal and that is not acceptable to the people of Assam.
The Chief Minister has been giving different statements on the matter. He first gave one statement in Delhi, one instantly after his arrival following the signing of the deal and another in the Assembly. This proves that the Chief Minister was trying to misinform the people, the AASU adviser said.
Bhattacharya said that following Governments at the Centre and in the State failed to protect the boundaries of the country. The Government should have ejected the encroachments but rather than doing so, the area was handed over to Bangladesh, he added.
However, the slow progress of the barrier is a matter of concern. No Government can claim the credit for the constriction of the fencing as it was part of the Assam Accord, he added.
On the other hand, the movement launched by the AASU in this regard would carry on and already 26 organizations of the State have joined hands to oppose the land swapping deal and the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), the umbrella organization of the students’ bodies of the North East has also opposed handing over of Assam’s land to Bangladesh.