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Clause 6 implementation committee’s report in toto: All Assam Students' Union

The 14-member committee on implementation of Clause 6 submitted its report to Sarbananda Sonowal

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
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"Now we want to see the Centre implement it in toto in a time-bound manner,” AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said. Picture by UB Photos

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Tuesday asked the Centre to execute the Clause 6 implementation committee’s report in toto, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.

The AASU was a signatory to the Assam Accord whose Clause 6 says, “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”

“The Prime Minister and the Union home minister had earlier said they were waiting for the committee’s report. They said they would implement the report in toto as soon as they receive it. The home minister even promised it in Parliament. The report has been submitted. Now we want to see the Centre implement it in toto in a time-bound manner,” AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said.

The 14-member high-powered committee on implementation of Clause 6 on Tuesday submitted its report to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who will submit it to the Centre. Three AASU leaders — Bhattacharjya, president Dipanka Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi — are members of the committee but did not accompany the others, saying that since the Centre had constituted the committee, it should have received the report.

AASU warned the government not to bargain Clause 6 with the Citizenship Amendment Act. “Clause 6 was given as Assam had taken the burden of illegal immigrants between 1951 and 1971. It is our due. We will not accept CAA. We warn the government not to bargain Clause 6 with CAA,” Bhattacharjya said.

Political party: The AASU will take decisions on how to take forward the anti-CAA movement and on floating a new political party in its executive and delegation meetings on Thursday and Friday here, Nath said. “The meetings will definitely take important decisions, considering the dissatisfaction among the people of Assam,” he added.

Lurinjyoti said a new party was definitely an issue for the people of Assam.

“The people have seen that the Congress protected illegal immigrants. They have also seen how the BJP and the AGP betrayed them. The question of whom to vote for has naturally arisen among the people.” He said the AASU was not above the people. “The people will decide on the necessity of a political party but the anti-CAA movement will continue,” he said.