AASU takes out funeral procession
GUWAHATI, January 30: The nomination of Dr Sanjay Sinh, Lok Sabha MP from Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh), as Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Assam has already sparked protests across the State, with various civil organisations and political parties opposing his candidature and many even terming it as ‘betrayal’ to the people of Assam.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), opposing Sinh’s candidature, carried out a statewide protest today. The AASU even took out a funeral procession of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Not only AASU, but since the day Dr Sinh filed his nomination papers from the Assam RS seat, several other organisations have also vehemently opposed the nomination.
It can be mentioned here that along with AASU, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity, Brihattar Asomiya Yuba Morcha, the Biswajit Ray faction of All Koch-Rajbongshi Student Union (AKRSU), have decried Dr Sinh’s nomination and has termed it as a ‘betrayal’ to the people of Assam.
“An outsider can never solve the problems of Assam,” they have all said unanimously.
An AASU activist in Guwahati on Thursday said, “Since 1991 we have Dr Manmohan Singh as Assam’s representative in the Rajya Sabha, and he has also been the Prime Minister for three consecutive terms. But the State’s problems have continued to remain the same.”
The series of protest against Dr Sinh’s nomination has been making headlines since the past week and on Wednesday, the KMSS activists held a demonstration in the hotel where Dr Sinh is staying and ranted slogans against him, asking him to go back and that he will not be accepted by the people.
On Wednesday, the AASU apart from strongly criticising the Congress for nominating Dr Sinh, burnt effigies of Dr Sinh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita across the State.
On Tuesday, when Dr Sinh was filing his nomination papers in Guwahati, the Brihattar Asomiya Yuba Morcha in Guwahati protest demonstrated before the Assembly and also burnt his effigy along with that of CM Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita in Tinsukia district.
“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have insulted the people of Assam by imposing Dr Sanjay Sinh, a person who has no connection with the State. By accepting him, CM Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita have also insulted the State’s people,” said AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya before the media on Wednesday, adding, “When all other States refused to accept him (Sinh) as their representative in the Rajya Sabha, acceptance of Tarun Gogoi and Bhubaneswar Kalita is against the interest of the people of the State.”
The AASU adviser also termed Dr Sinh’s nomination ‘bizarre’. The AASU also demanded 100 percent reservation of the Parliament seats from Assam for the indigenous people and said that Assam will not be allowed to be a dumping ground for politicians from other parts of the country. It may be mentioned here that the opposition BJP, AGP and AIUDF, protesting the Congress nomination have put up a combined RS candidate in prominent journalist and critic Haidar Hussain.
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