The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and its 30 ally organisations representing various indigenous communities today said the people of the State were hopeful of getting an authentic National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31.
In a joint statement, the AASU and the ally organisations said that the people had full faith in the Supreme Court under whose direct monitoring the NRC updating exercise had been on for the last six years. They said misleading statements emanating from the ruling party, some political forces and vested interest circles were creating confusion among the common people on the NRC.
“It is apparent that narrow political considerations were behind such conspiratorial statements. These forces want to protect their vote bank comprising illegal Bangladeshi migrants – Hindus as well as Muslims. We warn these forces to desist from such conspiracies and not to communalise the core issue of NRC updating,” the organisations said.
The AASU also voiced concern over the “systematic sinister campaign” by vested interest circles to defame the NRC updating exercise under the pretext of harming the human rights of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
Similarly, it added, some political and communal forces in Assam were working overtime to polarise the masses on communal lines for protecting the vote banks constituted by illegal Bangladeshis – both Muslims and Hindus.
“The indigenous people of the State must have authority over their land and resources. We will continue to fight towards that end,” it said.