AASU ( All Assam Student Union) today organised a massive rally in Guwahati demanding implementation of Assam accord 1985, speedy updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), constitutional safeguard to the indigenous peoples of Assam, among others.
It has also criticised government for its statement on the mega dams in the State Assembly yesterday, the students’ body today said that bringing in more experts on the mega dam issue, would not change the facts that are scientifically correct. Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi has categorically told Assembly that, Assam government is not against big dams.
Immediately after Gogoi’s statement, one Youth Congress leader in Assam with tweeted that ‘Opposing big dam might be a Chinese conspiracy’!
“We are not against development and power generation. But this should not be done at the cost of the lives of the common people. The government can take recourse to the micro-hydel projects, instead of the mega dam ones, for power generation,” Samujjal Bhattacharya, adviser to AASU said.
Few pictures of the massive rally where more than 15000 students gathered :-
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