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Citizenship Act: AASU, artists' forum hint at floating political party

The AASU president accused AGP of "betraying" the people of the state and said the Congress was also "equally bad".

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Security personnel douse flames rising out of a burning tyre during a protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Agartala. 	Photo: PTI
Security personnel douse flames rising out of a burning tyre during a protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in Agartala. Photo: PTI

The All Students Union (AASU), which has been protesting the amended Citizenship Act, on Sunday hinted at launching a political party along with 'Shilpi Samaj' (artists' forum) as an alternative to the ruling BJP and AGP as well as to opposition Congress.

When popular singer Zubeen Garg, addressing a protest meet 'Concert for Peace and Harmony' here, said, "we will launch our own party", AASU president Dipanka Nath seconded him saying, "we are now thinking in that direction".

"We are in talks with Silpi Samaj (artists' forum) and also discussing with people of to think about an alternative. With your (people's) permission, we will not hesitate one bit to go in that direction (of launching a political party).

"AASU will remain apolitical. But, in the interest of the people, along with Silpi Samaj we are ready to go in that direction," Nath said to loud cheers from thousands of people at the event.

Lashing out at the state government, the AASU president said, "They have unleashed their oppressive machinery on people killing five minor students and injuring many others with bullets. It is clear that the government will be brought down."

The AASU president accused AGP of "betraying" the people of the state and said the Congress was also "equally bad".

First Published: Sun, December 15 2019. 14:15 IST
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