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Indigenous population must unite: PVM
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 17 - Upamanyu Hazarika, a senior Supreme Court advocate and convener of Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) today reiterated that the ‘problem of Assam is not Bangladeshis but the leaders of the State’.

Addressing newsmen here today, the senior advocate said that the leaders have failed in protecting the State, its people and everything attached to them. “The Assam Assembly can take a decision against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill like the other States of the North-east. Our leaders must pass a resolution in the Assembly to protect the indigenous people of the State. They must also bring about a law to protect land, jobs, educational reservations and such other safeguards for the people of the state,” he said.

The convener of Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), who has been campaigning against infiltration across the State said that the indigenous population of Assam could be saved through three steps; statutory protection of land, government jobs, benefits, trade license and such other safeguards, complete verification of NRC and deletion of all foreigners and by ensuring that infiltrators are not rehabilitated by Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or by any other process.

Hazarika said that the leaders must first think of the indigenous people who elected them and not the Bangladeshis. “The leaders won two consecutive elections by mere promises. Now they must be chosen on the basis of results, which is whether the ruling party has fulfilled their promises. Its time indigenous population must unite and question the leaders,” he said.

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