Guwahati, Nov. 16: Newly appointed Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal today appealed to his former AASU colleague Samujjal Bhattacharyya to join the BJP to fight for a common cause ' illegal influx.
Sonowal described Bhattacharyya as an important leader of the state who is relentlessly raising his voice against illegal migration into the state. "We want him to join the BJP so that we can fight together for a common cause of Assam."
When Sonowal was the president of AASU in the 1990s, Bhattacharyya was the general secretary of the students' union.
He, however, evaded a direct reply to a question on difference of opinions between the BJP and AASU on Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.
Though the BJP wants that Hindu migrants from Bangladesh to be given refugee status, AASU is demanding that all illegal migrants, who came to Assam after the cut-off date of March 24, 1971, should be deported.
Coming down heavily on Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for allegedly taking a pro-migrant stand, Sonowal described AIUDF as a protector of the interests of illegal migrants.
"What else we can expect from a party (AIUDF), which was born to challenge the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act," he said.
Sonowal said under his leadership, the BJP would make all sections of people of the state conscious about "Amar Asom, Amar Mati, Amar Adhikar" (our Asom, our land, our rights) and create a strong public movement against illegal infiltration and other problems like unemployment, flood and erosion, corruption, inflation, land rights for indigenous people, violence, problems plaguing the tea tribe community and small tea growers.
Sonowal also urged chief minister Tarun Gogoi to take decisive steps for deportation of illegal migrants, implementation of Assam Accord, sealing of India-Bangladesh border and to protect the lives and property of its citizens.
He flayed the government for not being able to seal India-Bangladesh border and update the NRC even 27 years after signing of the Assam Accord.
According to Sonowal, making the panchayati raj system free of corruption will be the main poll plank of the BJP in the panchayat elections in December.