GUWAHATI: The Centre’s move to go ahead with the land swap deal with Bangladesh has sparked off protests in Assam,with the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and some student organisations going hammer and tongs at Narendra Modi-led BJP-NDA Government.
The influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU), which staged protests on Tuesday, lambasted the BJP for its alleged double standards. They wondered as to how something, which the BJP felt was not feasible ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, could turn out to be beneficial now.
“In the run-up-to the polls, the BJP had expressed its reservations against the deal. Several national and state leaders of the party had openly criticised it. If that was the BJP’s position, why this volte-face now?” asked AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya. He insisted that the Centre must instead sign an agreement with Bangladesh that would make the deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants easy.
The student bodies demanded that the Centre should check infiltration by choking all the roads used by the illegal Bangladeshi migrants. They also urged the Centre to talk to Bangladesh and sign an agreement to hand over the migrants saying it was more important than the land swap deal.
Describing the Prime Minister as a good “actor”, the AGP said the BJP had cheated the people of Assam by changing its stand on the issue. “We demand that the seven BJP MPs from the state talk to the Prime Minister and convince him not to go ahead with the agreement,” AGP leader Kamala Kalita said.
The PM had during his recent visit to the state asserted that the land pact would benefit Assam in the long run.