The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has threatened to launch a violent movement for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951. It may be mentioned that, NRC Update pilot project was undertaken at Barpeta and then All Assam Minority Student Union ( AAMSU ) protested at the DC’s office which turned violent that resulted in police firing causing death of some AAMSU members. After that incident, the NRC update was halted again.
Dr Bhumidhar Barman recently announced in the State Assembly that the pilot project would not be completed by December. Samujjal Bhattacharyya, long serving Adviser to AASU, Assam Government is not serious about NRC update in order to protect Congress vote bank consisting of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
AASU staged a mass Satyagraha in Guwahati to demand implementation of Assam Accord, suspension of construction of mega dams and updating of the NRC. But till date, the Government did not respond to the agitation, which proved that the State Government is not willing to pay any respect to non violent movements. He announced that the AASU and 26 other organizations would hold a mass rally in Guwahati on November 20 on the same demands.
Giving the background of the decision to update the NRC, Bhattacharya said that the decision was taken in a tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Assam Accord on May, 5. 2005. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh decided that the process of updating the NRC would be completed within two years, but the promise remained on paper only. Only this year, the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai convened another tripartite meeting where it was decided that a pilot project for updating the NRC would be launched in two revenue circles –Barpeta and Chaygaon and the process would be completed within December. But the Government suspended the process of implementing the pilot project within hours of an organization launching a violent protest.
It is interesting to note that, one single protest by certain community was enough to stall NRC update, a long pending demand by powerful student organisation AASU while many demands by indigenous people go simply ignored.