Borjhar, Aug. 28: The Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad, Assam, has demanded that the state government invite representatives of other communities for talks on the creation of separate states within Assam.
The CCSP, which submitted a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi today, said a crucial matter like the division of the state required participation of more groups than only statehoodseekers.
“Apart from the agitators who are demanding separate states, representatives of other communities, including Muslims of Bengal origin, tea tribes, Nepalese and Adivasis must be invited,” Hafiz Ahmed, president of Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad, said.
Both the Union and state governments are going to hold talks with Bodos, Koch-Rajbongsis, Dimasas and Karbis over their respective statehood demands. “Ignoring other communities is undemocratic because people of other communities have an equal right to air their views and grievances,” Ahmed said.
Opposing any further spiltting of Assam, it stated that any division would create fresh problems and will in no way help resolve the problems facing the state.
A delegate of the literary body will meet Vice-President Hamid Ansari shortly and raise the issue. “The Vice-President has promised to meet us. We will raise various demands,” Ahmed said.