Guwahati: Protesting the attacks on journalists by AAMSU during a bandh sponsored by the outfit, scribes on Saturday held demonstrations across Assam demanding ban on it and security to media persons.
    
Wearing black badges, journalists launched a sit-in at Dighalipukhuri Santi Uddyan here and held the All Assam Muslim Students Union leadership responsible for failing to control its supporters during the Assam bandh on August 28 last.
    
The scribes condemned the attacks on several media persons across the state and demanded that the government punish the culprits and declare AAMSU a banned organisation.
    
The security of journalists was under threat, they said, and demanded that the government take measures against it and maintain peace and tranquility among all sections of the people for social harmony.
    
Journalists who gathered from different parts of the state said AAMSU had tried to prevent them from reporting on the violence on the bandh day.
    
"We follow law, so should others. The administration should ensure that the AAMSU members and supporters also follow the law of the land," they said.
    
Meanwhile, media associations in Assam have decided to boycott all news related to AAMSU for three months to protest the attacks, which left several mediapersons injured.
    
They also appealed to editors of the print media and electronic news channels not to entertain any kind of news items or press releases of AAMSU leaders and members during the period.
    
Defending the continued stalling of Parliament, Naidu said his party "cannot remain mute spectator to loot of nation's wealth."
      
He said besides Prime Minister's resignation, all the coal allocation licenses should be revoked and a re-auction held besides conducting an independent inquiry into the matter.
     
Naidu also slammed Prime Minister and the Congress leaders for "criticising," CAG.
      
Hitting out at Congress' criticism of BJP for disrupting Parliament, he said the former had resorted to similar tactics as opposition and stalled proceedings on "flimsy grounds," including on issues like the Babri mosque demolition which he recalled had happened during the Congress rule in 1992.
    
"When Congress disrupts, it is in nation's interest and when we do is it a crime?" he said, while asking Congress not to "preach sermons," to his party.
     
Asked if he foresaw mid-term polls, he replied: "We don't know how long this government will survive" and BJP will evolve its strategy accordingly.
     
Responding to a question on MNS supremo Raj Thackeray's threat to brand Bihari migrants as "infiltrators," he said BJP did not subscribe to such theory.
      
"We dont agree with him. Every Indian has an equal right to move to any part of the country," he noted.

(Agencies)

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