Guwahati : Bangladeshis coming in to Assam from the neighboring states has been a big issue in recent times. Gogoi and his ministerial colleagues have been saying that they were all Indians and not Bangladeshis. Gogoi had gone on record saying that he will quit politics if anyone proved that they were Bangladeshis. And this has happened. One Jahed Ali who had entered Assam from Arunachal admitted before the magistrate that he was a Bangladeshi.
Based on this while speaking to newsmen, AASU leaders President Sankar Prasad Rai, General Secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi and Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that though they had not raised any demand for resignation of the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ripun Bora and Rockybull Hussain, yet they should tender their resignation when this has come to light. The AASU leaders termed the Ministers as spokesmen of the Bangladeshis staying in the State.
AASU leaders also lambasted the Tarun Gogoi government for not taking a stand on the Bangladeshi issue to ensure that all illegal migrants leave the State and also stressed that the Bangladeshis entering Assam from neighbouring states should be kept in detention camps as per existing laws. The AASU also expressed disagreement with the BJP stand that all Hindus migrating from Bangladesh should be granted refugee status as all were Bangladeshis after all.
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