DIBRUGARH, Nov 14 - The united forum of Assam’s six communities – Koch-Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Chutia, Tai Ahom and the Tea tribes under the banner of Soi Jonogosthiyo Aikya Mancha have resolved to go all out against the Bharatiya Janata Party in the ensuing Assembly polls for their lip services.
Leaders of the six communities who have been demanding Scheduled Tribe status have said that the political leaders have been using the ST issue to garner votes by playing with the sentiments of the people.
“The political leaders have been making only promises but doing nothing for its fulfilment. Even Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs is not sincere and honest in his words,” said Arunjyoti Moran, president, Moran Chatra Sanstha.
The recent statement of Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, days after the BJP’s debacle in Bihar that the files for awarding ST to six communities are awaiting the approval of the Prime Minister is only a poll gimmick. The BJP leaders have been indulging in lip services to make the people ‘feel good’ but actually they are not at all interested in fulfilling the demands of the six communities, Arunjyoti Moran said.
Uday Shankar Mohan, president of the Matak Yuba Chatra Sanmilan said that if the Prime Minister can convert the Planning Commission into Niti Ayog weeks after the formation of the Government, why cannot the BJP work on this pending issue. He said that even the Tarun Gogoi-led State Government did nothing much other than passing the resolution in the Assembly for grant of ST status to the communities in 2004.
Durga Konwar, working president, Tai Ahom Chatra Sanstha said that the BJP leaders must not take for granted that the voters of the State will be swayed away by their promises.
The leaders also said that the BJP must refrain from making offensive and communal comments to divert the ST issue. If they make only promises, the BJP must be prepared to face a defeat worse than that in Bihar elections, they said.
The leaders of the organisations have resolved to observe Assam bandh on November 18 to press for the scheduling. They will also stage demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 7.
The leaders were addressing the media at the office of the Matak Yuba Chatra Sanmilan here. The members of the united forum have urged the Government of India for immediate release of the modality for ST status in Assam.