Dhubri, Aug. 24: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists staged a six-hour token hunger strike here today demanding update of the NRC and eviction of encroachers from various xatra and temple premises and in opposition to the land swap deal with Bangladesh.
Nearly 200 activists of the Morcha, including Dhubri district unit president Ranjit Kumar Das and several BJP leaders, staged the strike on the GTP road near the Asam Sahitya Bhawan here from 11am.
Speaking on the occasion, the Morcha’s Dhubri district unit vice-president, Debamoy Sanyal, said despite a pilot project being taken up in 2010 in Barpeta and Chhaygaon for update of the NRC, the process had to be stopped owing to interference by certain groups.
He said the government had been delaying the project for vested political interests but neither the Morcha nor the BJP would sit idle until the NRC updated.
Regarding encroachment of the land of xatras and temples, Sanyal said nearly 7,000 bighas belonging to 910 xatras and temples had been encroached upon in Assam. Eleven bighas belonging to the Ramraikuti Xatra and 195 bighas belonging to the Simlabari Xatra in Dhubri district were also under encroachment.
He demanded immediate eviction of the encroachers from these areas.
Several other leaders also spoke on the occasion and protested against the land swap deal with Bangladesh.
On the other hand, nearly 300 BJP supporters and party workers took part in a four-hour sit-in near Chowkidinghee field in Dibrugarh today.
They were protesting against the soaring prices of essential commodities, the prevailing law and order situation in the state, the controversial land-swap deal and the delay in the upgrade of the NRC.
“The Congress government is doing nothing for the welfare of the people,” said Lakhinath Phukan, Dibrugarh district unit president of the BJYM.
“Our party is dead against the India-Bangladesh land swap deal and we will continue to oppose it. Moreover, the Congress government has not taken any steps to contain the high prices of essential commodities,” he added.