As protests are been seen across the state over the controversial citizenship amendment bill, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called upon people to follow reason and not emotion to build a strong Assam and urged AASU, AGP and intelligentsia to cooperate in implementation of Clause 6 of the historic Assam Accord.
Sonowal was speaking at the state-level Silpi Divas celebration in Darrang district.
“A section of vested interests is hell bound to create disturbance in Assam by spreading misinformation that 1.90 crore Bangladeshis will get citizenship as an outcome of the Citizenship Amendment Bill,” he said.
“I, being the son of the soil, will under no circumstances allow my government to harm the interests of the indigenous people of the state,” Sonowal said.
He urged the AASU, the Asom Gana Parishad, artist community and intelligentsia to wholeheartedly extend cooperation in the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.
Clause 6 seeks to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
A six-year agitation by the AASU demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord by the Rajiv Gandhi government and the AASU on August 15, 1985.