Joint up image of AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya (left) and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday claimed that he had invited All Assam Students Union (AASU) advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya for a debate on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Sarma had revealed this in response to a tweet from stand-up comedian and former journalist Abhineet Mishra who had requested Sarma for a ‘small panel debate on CAA and NRC’.

On Wednesday, Mishra tweeted:

Dear @himantabiswa, I have a request. Let’s do a small panel debate on #CAA_NRC on a channel and time of your choosing. Let’s have a live audience. Either you convince us or I convince you. Works?. PS:@assampolice : This is NOT a provocative post. Sending pyaar.

Responding to Mishra’s tweet, the state finance minister replied that Bhattacharya had been invited to Srimanta Sankardebava Kalakshetra for the debate.

Himanta tweeted:

I have already publicly requested advisor of AASU Sri Samujjal Bhattacharya to join us for a debate in Srimanta Sankardeva kalakhetra on CAA, NRC and on the factual details of assurances given by Honble HM @AmitShah during his discussion with AASU leadership.’

Meanwhile, protests against CAA continue to be held in various parts of the state.

In perhaps a reference to the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Himanta on Thursday said the society must balance emotion with logic.

Himanta said this while addressing a gathering at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

“People have to take a balanced view. I understand emotional issues as well. Emotion will always be there but the society must be able to balance emotion with logic.

“If emotion surges, developmental activities might be affected,” said Himanta.


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