Assam: State heats on with protest against inclusion of Assam in land swap deal
GUWAHATI: Once again protests erupted across the state of Assam after the BJP led government of India has reversed its earlier stand and decided to give Assam land to Bangladesh through Land Boundary Agreement.
Students organisations like AASU, AAMSU have been taking up stern protest against this decision and has blocked NH 37.
In Guwahati, the All Assam Students' Union has been staging protest against the decision. It has also burnt the letter sent by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to the Centre requesting for inclusion of Assam in the land swap deal.
In Dibrugarh, the AAMSU has burnt effigy of Assam State BJP President Siddhartha Bhattacharjee and Union Minister from the state Sarbananda Sonowal. They also lashed out at Asaam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The Dibrugarh unit of AASU has said, "The Assam Chief Minister vouched for including Assam in Land swap deal. This is anti-national. Rather the state government should seal the Indo-Bangla border."
Modi government changed its stand five times in the issue. Earlier the Centre decided to de-link Assam from the agreement.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of practising "double standards for narrow political gain" by proposing to exclude the state from the purview of the land swap deal with Bangladesh.
"The Prime Minister had last year said here that the agreement is good for Assam. Now why are you excluding it? You have one stand before poll and another after. It is double standard for narrow political gains," Gogoi said at a press conference.
The Congress leader asserted the Centre should have consulted the state before proposing any change to the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), popularly known as land swap deal.
The Centre has said that due to the pressure from Assam Congress it has reversed the decision of exclusion of the state from the land swap deal with Bangladesh.