Assam: With eyes on active politics, AASU leaders to quit in Duliajan Convention

Assam: With eyes on active politics, AASU leaders to quit in Duliajan Convention

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DULIAJAN: The 4-day Conference of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) will see a tectonic shift in Assam's largest student organization as its leaders are likely to cast off their Union robes in their pursuit for political aspirations. Around 8,000 Aasu delegates from Assam have reached Duliajan for the convention which is on the radar of political pundits as it is expected to give a final shape to the rew regional party, Asom Jayita Parishad (AJP).

In September, AASU and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), another influential student body, had joined hands and announced formation of Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP). The party is expected to contest the upcoming polls in the State. The two regional student bodies had spearheaded the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act stir in the state opposing the Centre’s move to grant citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Another regional body, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), has floated another political outfit -- 'Raijor Dal' -- which will also take part in the polls. AJP is the second political party to be formed by AASU after Asom Gana Parishad, which came into being in 1985. The AGP is now part of the ruling alliance at Dispur.

The general conference, to be held at Duliajan in Dibrugarh district, is expected to announce the office-bearers of the new political part. At the same time, many known faces -- such as President Dipanka Nath, General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, and Chief Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya -- are expected to leave the body to give wings to a career in politics.

Both the President and General Secretary of the AASU are ending just in time for them to make the switch to politics, with their promises of a "better alternative" to the saffron BJP during the agitation against the 'CAA' still ringing in people's ears.

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