DIPHU, Jan 6 - The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has slammed the reported statement made by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju about scrapping Article 244 (A) of the Constitution. The regional party has asked the Bharatiya Janata Party, Karbi Anglong District Committee, to clarify the issue. ASDC general secretary and publicity in-charge Denial Teron made this formal demand at a press meet on Thursday.
He described the statement as a move for “deliberate denial of the constitutional right of the people of the three autonomous hill districts of Assam i.e., Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao for achieving an autonomous State.”
Teron pointed out that in the recently held election to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, the ruling BJP had given top priority to the implementation of Article 244 (A) and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also promised that Article 244 (A) would be implemented, at an election rally in Dokmoka in April 2014. The then BJP president, Nitin Gadkari, also made a similar promise at an election rally in Diphu in 2016.
Teron said that the ASDC was formed to champion the cause of an autonomous State in 1986 and the people of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts have made a lot of sacrifice for it. Therefore, the Union minister’s statement regarding scrapping of Article 244 (A) amounted to disrespect of the people’s sentiments in the three hills districts of Assam.
Echoing this, the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS) has also opposed the State Government’s alleged move to scrap Article 244 (A) that provides for formation of an autonomous State within the State of Assam. A press statement was issued by JACAS chairman Khorsing Teron in this regard on Thursday.
The statement mentioned that Article 244 (A) provides for self-determination of the hill tribes of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, the only hill districts of Assam. The JACAS maintained that the creation of an autonomous State within the State of Assam has been a long-standing demand, and that the Government’s alleged move against it was unconstitutional, undemocratic and tantamount to denial of the democratic rights of the hills people.