All Assam Students Union
All Assam Students Union or AASU is a students' organization in Assam, India. It is best known for leading the six-year Assam Movement against alleged illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The leadership, after the historic Assam Accord of 1985, formed a political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which formed government in Assam twice from 1985 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2001.
In 1940, a student union named Asom Chattra Sanmilani (Assam Students' Association) divided into the All Assam Student' Federation and the All Assam Students' Congress. A decade later they recombined as the All Assam Student' Association, which was later renamed to All Assam Students Union in January 1967. In August 1967, the Union "established itself as a formal organisation and adopted its Constitution".
AASU began intensifying the agitational programme, and started facilitating the participation of all section of people. AASU formed the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad in August, 1979, consisting of AASU, Assam Sahitya Sabha, Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad. The Jatiyatabadi Dal, Asom Yubak Samaj and Young Lawyers’ Forum also joined the Gana Parisha later on. As part of the preparations for the Lok Sabha Election, the CEC has asked the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam to include all names from the earlier voter list in the draft electoral roll. AASU has warned the political parties not to take part in the election unless and otherwise the electoral rolls are revised as per demands. AASU started observing massive satyagraha on the lines of India freedom struggle. Thousands courted arrest daily. Then onwards, it was long six years that the movement continued. It became violent at some point of time, massive in almost all the times during the six years. The most important part of the movement was that the movement has got massive mass support almost from all corners of the society, except the ruling government, and very few others with soft corners for poor Bangladeshis. AASU clearified at different times, that the agitation is against all such illegal foreigners, irrespective of religion or community. AASU continuously had been informing the central government with direct communications to the Prime Minister that the influx from Bangladesh has posed serious threat to the existence of the indigenous people of the state of Assam and the entire North Eastern region. Only after the historic Assam Accord, the matter was resolved.