Congress, AIUDF leaders walk out of Winter Assembly Session

AIUDF legislators walked out of the Assam Assembly over the Government’s decision to shut down Madrassa by introducing a new bill on the first day of the three-day winter assembly session which began on Monday.

Assam Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier this morning took Twitter saying, “Today I shall introduce a Bill to repeal Provincialisation of Madrassa. Once the Bill is passed, the practice of running Madrassa by the Government in Assam will come to an end, a practice which was started by Muslim League govt in pre-Independence Assam.”

Speaking to media, the leaders of the AIUDF as they walked out of the session demanded the withdrawal of the bill saying, “India is a secular nation and there are no differences between a school and the ‘Madrassa’. The State Government is trying to taking political mileage by using the Arabic wording ‘Madrassa’ and polarize the vote ahead of the assembly elections. The courses and syllabus which are available in the High schools are similar in the Madrassa as well. We demand the education system of the ‘Madrassa’ should remain the same, nevertheless, if the Government wants to modernize the education system by introducing new courses we don’t have any issue with that.”

Meanwhile, the winter session of the Assembly was adjourned for 10 minutes after Congress legislators staged a walkout during the winter session of the Assembly.

Leader of Opposition, Debabrata Saikia alleged that the Government of Assam has failed to resolve the border issues with neighbouring states like Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, etc. “Though they came to power in the state in 2016 making promises to protect the ‘JATI MATI BHETI’ (community, land and hearth), but literally failed to safeguard the people of Assam in the borders. No measures have been taken into consideration, which is very sad,” said Saikia.

“More than 50 times, people from the neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland has crossed the border and encroached inside the territory of Assam. Shockingly, two people have been killed during a clash in the borders of Assam,” added Saikia.

Saikia further informed that as per the latest data, at least 5 lakh people of Assam both Upper and Lower have become homeless due to soil erosion by the Brahmaputra River. But, no proper schemes have been introduced so far by the Govt of Assam, Saikia claimed.

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Assam Assembly passes 3 autonomous council bills, heritage bill

GUWAHATI: The Assam Assembly on the closing day of the monsoon session on Wednesday passed 3 bills to set up autonomous councils for Moran, Motok and Kamtapur communities of Assam. It was when the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests were rocking the state after its passage in the Rajya Sabha that the government aired the idea of the creation of autonomous councils.

While Assam has 6 development councils besides 3 Sixth Schedule councils, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Constitutional status will be given to six development councils which will enable them to get central funding.”

On Wednesday the Assembly also passed the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020 to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which are presently not covered by the law.

In his remark, the Assam Chief Minister said that the passage of the bill was a in line with the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985 which provides for “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people”.

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Over fifty seven thousand COVID-19 positive cases in Assam

GUWAHATI: The total COVID-19 positive cases in Assam have risen to 57,714. As per official information the single-day positive cases on Thursday was 1332.

Of the fresh COVID-19 positive cases 11 are employees of the Assam Legislative Assembly.

Talking to the media, Assembly principal Secretary Mrigendra Kumar Deka said, "In three days till Thursday, 270 of our staff members were tested out of which 11 have tested positive."

While the upcoming session of the Assam Legislative Assembly is scheduled to start from August 31, the detection of the infection in 11 of the staff members and needful follow-up actions beginning with thorough sanitisation and fresh arrangements to deal with the functioning of the Assembly may prove to be a new challenge to the Assembly authorities.

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Anti-CAA stir back on the streets in Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh: With just just around 7-8 months to go for the election to the Assam Legislative Assembly, the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (anti-CAA) agitation is back on the streets. On account of the COVID-19 pandemic all anti-CAA protests were put on the hold by the agitating organisations for 5 months since March 2020. Politically speaking, the break of five months gave a breather to the BJP-led government with the anti-CAA movement almost literally pushed to the back burner.

On Tuesday, the Dibrugarh unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) reignited the anti-CAA movement by taking out a motorcycle protest rally on the streets of Dibrugarh. Hundreds of AASU activists took part in the rally which began from Chowkidinghee and made way through all the prominent thoroughfares of the town. tThereafter, the rally proceeded towards the Dibrugarh residence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Lakhi Nagar . The rally stopped near the CM's residence and raised slogans like “aami namanu” ( won't accept ), “Sarbananda Sonowal murdabad”, “Narendra Modi murdabad”, “BJP Go Back” and “Jai Aai Asom” etc for about 20 minutes before leaving the place on their way to Tingkhong.

“Our protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act is back..... Now, it will be back in full force .... ,” said AASU Dibrugarh unit general secretary Sankor Jyoti Baruah.

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