AASU extortion allegation, donation, vandalism of Vishal Megamart

As per recent report, AASU ( All Assam Student Union) activists vandalised Vishal Megamart, a low cost shopping mall chain, at many cities across Assam yesterday demanding their public apology for leaking a tapped conversation between Vishal Megamart executive and AASU advisor, Samujjal Bhattacharyya. The tap was leaked by some newly formed student body in Guwahati where many quarters alleged that AASU is extorting money in the name of donation.

AASU leaders retorted that they collect donations from various business house in Assam and there is nothing wrong in collecting donations. Concerned citizens opine that, the contribution of AASU in socio-cultural causes in Assam.

It may be mentioned that AASU has been providing various services like admission forms from Delhi based Colleges and distributing free in Guwahati, providing financial assistance to needy and poor students apart from conducting rally against price rise, corruption etc.

But it is well known that almost all student organisations in Assam, be it AASU or student wings of political parties routinely collect ‘donations’ from various business houses in Assam for long years now. Most probably, it is the first time, this kind of ‘telephonic conversation’ about donation has been recorded, made public by some rival student organisation and this kind of donation has been termed as ‘extortion’.

While it may be difficult to draw a line between ‘extortion’ and donation in case if ‘scam hit’ India, but business houses in Assam as well as North East India have been selling every product higher then MRP ( Maximum Retail Price) in every town. Business houses have also been fixing their prices as per their whim and fancies, while government has been unable to rein them in. ( Trade Body announces price increase of essential commodities in Assam as posted earlier).

7 thoughts on “AASU extortion allegation, donation, vandalism of Vishal Megamart

  • November 28, 2010 at 12:46 am
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    I dont know how many people follow this blog but if anyone does then I want to pose a sincere question; is AASU a students organization or a nexus of unuseful hipocrats who could not otherwise prove their worthiness in the competitive world of post-student life and have serious political ambitions. We have seen in the past also, members of this students union occupy high political positions by utilising the ambitions of its student members. We have to ask ourselves..what is the role of AASU in the Socio-Economic development of Assam. Which companies they have invited to set up in the sate? How many employments they have generated? NONE! ZERO! When a bunch of people are trying to portray Assam as an ideal investment destination these bunch of educated illiterates are trying to malign the image..ask yourselves…isnt the people working in these concers your brothers and sisters? Arn’t the college/university pass outs getting employment in these organization you are agitating against? You agitate agaist big dams and everything else. You all paralize the entire economy of the state by frequent bandhs, why dont you go out and catch hold of few NDFB cadres and hand them ove to police, why dont you work towards getting hold of people like Paresh Baruah…if your answer to these questions is ‘those are governments duty, then collecting donation is also Governments duty..the business establishments give tax to the Government and that in turn goes to the people…AASU-What good have you done to Assam…as a students organization try to elevate the standards of Assams’ education level to the best in the world in all fields..then only speak of other things…

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  • November 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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    How old are you jeet ?

    Have you heard about IIT in Guwahati or NRL ? Do you know why it became the sixth IIT in the country ? It was because of AASU only. How many Assamese lecturers, employees are working now in IIT Guwahati ? Go and count yourself.

    Do you have figure how much revenue have been generated from tea, oil, timber, coals since 1947 and how much have been invested back in Assam for its development ? Look at the pictures of roads posted in this blog too.

    And what is your position of traders body adhocly deciding to increase in prices of essential commodities ?

    Most probably, without AASU, you would been working as a child labour in Bangladesh.

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    • November 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm
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      @Assamese:I agree, AASU is really responsible for the progress of the students’ of Assam.It is AASU who has brought IIT to be in the rank of sixth position or whatever benefits it has brought to ASSAM.But my sincere question is that ‘is this tap which has been leaked,accusing AASU to collect money in the name of donation’ is fake?Digital media can’t provide wrong info. rgd. any stuffs..If AASU is really commited in helping ASSAM then as being a student association why don they take their step in upgrading the syllabus of the GU’s BE curriculum.I appreciate the work done by AASU in the past but they have to get ahead in a better way for the welfare of the students..

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    • November 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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      Dear Assamese,
      Your argument is if some organization fights for a cause , they have right to demand money as per their wish and vandalize properties if people don’t givein to their demand. What a great vision for creating a banana republic ! You speak of 1 IIT and NRL, but do you know that beacuse of this attitude of people like you and AASU, how much industrialization has suffered in Assam ?
      Traders are no holy cows.. everyone knows , but neither is AASU and just because traders do unfair business , it does not AASU should balance it by demaning money from them. How does common people benifit by such act of AASU ?

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  • November 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm
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    I won’t highlight what AASU has done for the state or what it is doing. But,just want to pose one question..Has the student community really benefited from AASU..If they are really concerned about the welfare of the students’,why don’t they create a stir like upgrading the Gauhati University Curriculum. For example,GU’s BE curriculum is way behind the curriculum followed in NIT’s/IIT’s and other engineering colleges outside the state. GU’s BE curriculum just adds pressure to the students and ask anyone,if any student really feel like studying engineering under GU.

    And,ASSU says they are the public face of the students but still today,they are very outdated. Tell me,10 ways to contact any AASU office bearers. In today’s digital world,they don’t even have their own website to communicate with the students. Instead,they believe that the real students’ are those residing in rural areas. What about us,residing outside Assam. AASU is very good at taking out rallies etc and that too in an unorganized manner. So,ASSU try going digital once,and then you will come to know..what people think about you guys?

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  • November 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm
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    @ Assamese: I didnt know that ASSU has played a major role bring IIT’s etc to our state. If you are one AASU activist then do convey your leaders to create one website of the organization and list all what ASSU has done. In that way,many uninformed students like me would be able to know about the achievements of ASSU. Let’s have a real debate on the achievements of ASSU.

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  • December 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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    Dear friends,
    It is heartening to witness healthy debate being posted in this blog. I was trying to get access to such a forum. I request all well wishers of Assam to join hands for the development of the state sans politics. I am not against the ideology of AASU as a students union. At a time when I was at GU, I myself participated in active students politics. Moving ahead in time and working in the entire NE with poor and marginalised people have made it very clear to me that organizations like AASU, NESO, etc have done no good for our people. These organizations are working towards oiling the wheels of some self claiming individuals! We have to ask ourselves where are we heading to? Its a world of anarchy here. When we need to stand and fight for causes greater than our individualities and for the development of the region we are causing rackus. When we need to stand by our brothers and sisters facing attrocities in the metros we are trying to get mileage from it. We are willing to contribute willfully to the coffers of AASU if they want to establish a hardcore secuirity agency by training up the student force in the state. The trainings can be made mandatory from class 8 onwards in all schools and these students may be deputed to colleges of metros under the overall supervision of state government. But will they do it? Will Samujjal Bhatta give away his political ambitions? We will wait to see…!

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