Guwahati sees thousands taking on India- Bangladesh land swap

By- Correspondent| Date- September 16, 2011

The ongoing agitation in Assam against the Indo-Bangladesh land swap deal got stronger yesterday with tens of thousands joining the massive protest rally carried out by All Assam Students Union (AASU) at Guwahati.

Supporters of the AASU as well as protestors coming in from different parts of the state took on the streets of Guwahati yesterday from Latasil playground to Raj Bhawan, demanding non-ratification of the land-swap deal in the Parliament. Later, the AASU leadership along with some eminent media person of the state handed over a memorandum to Assam Governor JB Patnaik on the issue.

 The memorandum clearly stated that the land of Assam has been transferred to Bangladesh in a completely dictatorial way and that it is the people of Assam who have the sovereign right over the land of Assam, not the Government.

Protesting strongly against the land swap, the AASU leadership criticized the government for the “secret” deal and vowed to take on the agitation to the next level if the Indian Government did not undo the injustice done.

The opposition parties of Assam including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) also took part in the rally.

Mentionable that a day earlier, Congress spokesman and in-charge of the Assam Accord completion department Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma was strongly vocal in support of the Indo-Bangla land swap deal. Mr. Sharma had stated that the deal had actually benefitted Assam as the long pending border dispute between the two countries was solved.

Stating that this has actually led Assam to gain much more land than what it has conceded, the minister accused the Opposition parties and local media of indulging in a misleading propaganda on land-swap deal. Mr. Sharma also claimed that with this agreement, Assam would be able to seal the unfenced portion of the border and Assam actually benefitted by 1,240 acres of land while Bangladesh got only 357 acres of Assam land through the land swap.

It is to be mentioned that that Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), AJYCP and AASU had been leading strong rallies across the state protesting the land swap and construction of the mega dams at lower Subansiri.

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