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Aasu protests move to amend Citizenship Act

IANS  |  Guwahati 

The All Students Union (AASU) on Monday opposed the Centre's reported move to amend the Citizenship Act and warned of an agitation over the issue.

The students body said it would organise candlelight processions in all district and subdivisional headquarters of on Tuesday.

It would also hold a public meeting in Guwahati on October 22 to chalk out its future course of action.

AASU leader Samujjal Bhattacharyya vowed to intensify the agitation to foil the central government's move to rehabilitate the Hindu Bangladeshis who entered after 1971.

"We want to make it clear to the government and the Centre that the issues of illegal infiltration and foreigners illegally living in must be resolved on the basis of the Accord."

The Accord was signed in 1985 between the central government and leaders of AASU and All Gana Sangram Parishad.

"As per the accord, all Hindus or Muslims who entered after 1971 must go back," Bhattacharyya said.

"is already burdened with Bangladeshis who entered the state before 1971. The Accord was signed after a six-year-long agitation. The Centre must respect the accord, which is a national commitment," he said.

He said that not a single Bangladeshi who entered the state after 1971 would be allowed to stay in

He said along with 28 other civil society organisations of Assam, a mass movement would be started soon to create public opinion against the move to amend the Citizenship Act.

"A small state like has already taken the burden of Bangladeshis who entered it before 1971. Not any more. is not a dustbin to dump illegal Bangladeshis for vote bank politics," the AASU leader said.

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