Nagaon, June 26: The leadership of Dilip Nunisa-led mother faction of the DHD is mulling the creation of a political platform after signing an MoU with the Centre, ahead of Dima Hasao district autonomous council elections by the end of this year.
The platform, which will be backed by ideologically similar non-political organisations of the region, will pave the way for the DHD leadership’s entry into politics through the Dima Hasao district autonomous council elections.
DHD chief Dilip Nunisa, however, refuses to say anything about the future strategy of the outfit’s leadership.
“There are demands from all classes of people of the region who want us to join the mainstream of democracy. People want to see the outcome of our decade-long armed struggle implemented through us and we are ready to go accordingly,” Nunisa today told this correspondent over phone.
According to him, if a political party or platform emerges, some major issues like prevention of corruption, long-term strategy for preservation of tribes’ culture and linguistic identities will be its basic objective.
The Dilip Nunisa-led mother faction of the DHD signed a draft MoU with the Centre recently. After solution of some critical issues like inclusion of 198 more revenue villages within the proposed territorial council, the outfit will go to sign the final memorandum.
“Hopefully that would be signed within July this year,” a DHD source said.
According to that accord, the hill district autonomous council which was formerly known as North Cachar Hills district autonomous council, will be upgraded to a territorial council and some major changes in the administrative system will be carried out.
“We are ready to sign the MoU as what we are going to get is what our people have been dreaming since long. If all the things are done as stated in the MoU that would bring the ray of development to all ,” Nunisa said today.
As the 10th Dima Hasao district autonomous council’s term is going to end in November this year, the hill district gets ready for the next council election.
In 2007, of the 28 council constituencies, 16 ASDC candidates and nine BJP candidates were elected. The ruling Congress’s strength came down to three that time. Later, all non- Congress candidates except Mohet Hojai joined the Congress.
“There is no Opposition in Dima Hasao either in the council or in the district’s political scenario. If the new political party or platform is to emerge, it will have to struggle against the existing system,” said a DHD source when asked whether the proposed party would be pro-Congress or anti-Congress.
The DHD was floated in 1995. The major objective behind formation of the outfit was to create a separate Dimaraji state covering entire Dima Hasao, parts of Nagaon, Cachar, Karbi Anglong and Dimapur. The outfit signed a ceasefire pact with the Centre in 2003 and is preparing to sign an MoU with the Centre for a territorial council soon.