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Tribal bodies demand declaration of Morigaon LAC as ST seat
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 MORIGAON, July 3 - Several tribal organisations like the All Tiwa Students’ Union (ATSU), Tiwa Sahitya Sabha, Tiwa Yuva Chatra Parishad and Morigaon Zila Tribal Sangha have reiterated their earlier demand to declare the Morigaon Legislative assembly Constituency (LAC) as ST reserved seat. This demand had been submitted in the office of Assembly Constituency Delimitation Commission headed by Retired Justice Kuldip Singh way back in 2002.

 In a joint press release, these organisations said that during the 2001 Census, the Kuldip Singh Commission was formed by the Government of India. All the tribal organisations of Central Assam submitted the fact-finding demand report before the Commission on the pretext that Morigaon LAC was the only ST reserved seat on the south bank of Central Assam upto 1977 and it was dereserved by the then Congress government.

The memorandum pleaded that all the political parties agreed to accept the reservation plan to Morigaon LAC because the tribal population was a majority upto that time but the then Congress government showed that the tribal population had decreased in the LAC, by bifurcating Morigaon LAC by removing Gobha, Uttarkhola and Ghaguwa tribal blocks and adding them to Jagiroad LAC. The Commission adopted the resolution in favour of ST reservation to Morigaon LAC through delimitation. But the proposal remained pending and Dr Manmohan Singh-led Congress government did not implement the Kuldip Singh proposal.

But now, the Central Government has again formed the LAC Delimitation Commission on March 6 this year headed by retired Justice of Supreme Court Ranjana Prakash Desai to revise the earlier proposal, the organisation said. They further said that the then Congress government postponed the delimitation process of LACs in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and J&K and it was an anti-tribal move. Now the BJP-led government’s approach is laudable and to ensure the rights of the indigenous people, the reservation of LACs in tribal-dominated areas is the only way out to thwart the onslaught of immigrants people in Assam. As such, Morigaon LAC must be reserved for the tribals, the organisations demanded.

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