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File image of AASU leaders Samujjal Bhattacharrya (L) and Lurinjyoti Gogoi. Image: Northeast Now

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has sought an apology from the Assam government for allegedly misinterpreting the historic Assam Accord.

The student body said the government must convene a special session of the Assembly to apologise to the people of Assam for misinterpreting the Accord on the floor of the House.

AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday misinterpreted the cut-off date of the Assam Accord in the Assembly.

Sarma had said there was a wrong notion regarding 1971 as the cut-off date.

“Clause 5, in its sub-sections 5.1 to 5.9, has elaborately dealt with the status of the foreigners and the base year for their detection and deletion.

“It says that the foreigners who came to Assam after 1.1.1966 (inclusive) and up to March 24, 1971 shall be detected in accordance with the Foreigners Act 1946 and the Foreigners (Tribunal) order 1964.

“Again, the foreigners who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971 shall continue to be detected, deleted and expelled in accordance with law,” Assam Tribune quoted Bhattacharya as saying.

“The minister concerned and also the chief minister must apologise to the people of Assam for this wilful misinterpretation of the historic Accord in the sanctified confines of the House,” Bhattacharya added.

The AASU has been spearheading the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across Assam.

During the Magh Bihu, the AASU and a number of other organisations burnt the copies of the amended Citizenship law in the fire of meji across the State.

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