Guwahati, Jul 3 UNI | 26 days ago

The powerful All Assam Students Union (AASU) today charged the Narendra Modi government with not adhering to the promises the BJP made ahead of the elections on some key issues like illegal migrants and big dams and said it would register its protest by resorting to state-wide demonstrations on July 7 and 12.

At a news conference here, the AASU leadership smelt a rat in the Modi government's Bangladesh policy and wondered what made the BJP, which was up against illegal migrants before the elections, to grant VISA relaxation to Bangladeshi citizens.

"Mr Modi had published an appeal to the voters before the elections where he had made a slew of commitments. Among the commitments were fast-tracking the barbed fencing work along the Bangladesh border, updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC)," AASU advisor Sammujjal Bhattacharyya said.

Citing the new relaxed VISA regime for a section of Bangladeshi nationals, Mr Bhattacharyya said the Modi government was not 'walking the talk.'

"Why is this sudden U-turn on the Bangladeshi migrants issue?" he asked.

"An impression was given to the voters that the BJP government would address the issue of illegal migrants on war-footing. But seeing the initiatives, it doesn't appear so," he said.

The AASU also questioned the reported move by the Centre to restart the suspended work of the controversial 2000MW Lower Subansiri Project in Arunachal Pradesh.

"Without arriving at a consensus by consulting experts on the downstream impact of the project, how can the Centre allow resumption of the work of the NHPC project. We won't allow this to happen," Mr Bhattacharyya said.

Referring to the joint venture hydro-electric project India has initiated with Bhutan, he also expressed doubts over the power policy of the new Centre.

"Has the government made any downstream impact study about the dam that is being jointly constructed in Bhutan. Has the Centre undermined the rights of the people of Assam who have been affected by dams in Bhutan?," he said.

The AASU demanded the Centre to come clear on the twin issues. The students body will resort to a state-wide 'Satyagraha' (sit-in) on July 7 and also stage a 'human-chain' protest on July 12 to register its protest against the Modi government's initiatives.

(Posted on 03-07-2014)