|Demand to keep Sissiborgaon LAC unreserved|
SILAPATHAR, Sept 11 - The Sissiborgaon Open (unreserved) Constituency Demand Committee has demanded that the constituency be kept unreserved.
In a press meet on Friday, the committee said Dhemaji is home to approximately 6,96,133 people (as per 2011 census) out of which the plains tribal communities constitute less than 48 per cent.
“There are two LACs in the district (no.113 Dhemaji and no.114 Jonai) and both are reserved for STs. The communities, other than the Scheduled Tribes, despite constituting more than half of the total population, are deprived of the right to represent themselves in the Legislative Assembly.
“The new constituency (Sissiborgaon) should be created out of the existing two taking into consideration the aspirations of the non-tribal people. The draft proposal of the delimitation committee has recommended keeping the new Sissiborgaon LAC reserved for STs, which means that non-tribal communities are going to be deprived of their democratic right to send their representatives to the Legislative Assembly once again,” the committee said.
“If the third constituency too is kept reserved for STs, it will turn out to be an extreme case of 100 per cent reservation despite the fact that ST communities constitute less than 50 per cent of the population. The percentage of the non-ST population in the district is about 52.70.”
The draft proposal of the Delimitation Commission has recommended reservation of the new constituency (80 Sissiborgaon LAC) for STs. The Sissiborgaon Open (unreserved) Constituency Demand Committee has demanded that the Commission redraw the boundaries of the proposed LAC by slicing away the western portion of Jonai LAC and the eastern portion of Dhemaji LAC and leave it unreserved.