AASU on Wednesday burnt the effigy of BJP president JP Nadda in front of Jorhat deputy commissioner’s office building in protest against his recent statement on the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Addressing a poll meeting recently at Siliguri, Nadda reportedly said the Centre was framing rules for implementation of the CAA.

The protestors holding banners and placards shouted slogans against BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS and CAA.

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An All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) member said Assam is for the Assamese and not for aliens.

He said the BJP-led government was not for labourers or farmers but only for foreigners, which it was interested in bringing and populating in India.

The member said the Centre should immediately take steps to oust the foreigners whether they are Hindus or Muslims.

He further said the BJP said since the matter is subjudice and is pending before the Supreme Court, protests are illegal.

“If this was the case,” he said, “Then how is the BJP framing rules for implementation as told by Nadda. This only shows their hypocrisy of the leaders,” the AASU member said.

He reiterated that by no means the people of Assam would allow the BJP-led government at the Centre to destroy the culture, language and identity of the Assamese people as “it was set to do”.

The Jorhat AASU unit president Arjun Moni Bhuyan and general secretary Partha Pratim Bora said the Assamese were a warrior race and has a history full of bloodshed.

“If required, we too will shed our blood but will not allow the identity of the people here to be destroyed,” they said.

The AASU leaders further said in the next Assembly elections, the BJP would be sent back bag and baggage.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com