City Correspondent GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The Prabrajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), a forum against infiltration, is going to hold a public rally here on December 8 as part of its Statewide campaign to save the indigenous people of Assam from becoming a minority in their own land.
Prabrajan Virodhi Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika addressing a press conference at Guwahati Press Club on Thursday. – UB Photos
The core demands of the campaign are – reservation of land, government jobs, trade licences, etc., only for those who are citizens of India and have been residents of Assam since 1951 and their progeny, along with re-verification of those included in the NRC final draft in the border and migrant-dominated districts, and not to allow any foreigner to settle in the State through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or any other measure.
The Manch said it has already given a deadline of January 31, 2019, to the State government to fulfil the above demands.
The campaign is focused on the elected representatives and to convey to them in clear terms that these are the three issues which will be the election agenda or determinants of the manner in which the people will vote in the forthcoming general election.
Supreme Court advocate and Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika said that on December 8, representatives of indigenous people from the neighbouring districts of Morigaon, Kamrup, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, etc., will congregate and share their experiences as to how they have been displaced by infiltrators and turned into refugees in their own homeland.
“The present moment is a critical one for survival of the indigenous people and it is only by adoption of the above three measures that our identity will be safeguarded. Therefore, we appeal to one and all to attend the rally to be started from 12 pm at the Latasil ground and ensure the fulfilment of our demands before the next general elections of 2019,” he said.
An appeal made by the PVM to the people of Assam urging them to take part in the rally, said: “Indigenous leaders are elected on indigenous vote but in turn make their own electors insecure. Now, it is time for the indigenous to make their leaders insecure. Political parties and leaders become insecure when they fear that they will not get their votes and now is the opportune time for us before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Political parties and leaders will employ various strategies to get indigenous votes. The indigenous should no longer be insecure but should make the political parties and their leaders insecure by insisting that their votes will be contingent not upon promises, but results and actions which make the indigenous secure over the next two months and the leaders representing the indigenous people should fulfil our three objectives.”