| AKRSU president Hitesh Barman at the mass rally in Kokrajhar on Friday.
Picture by UB Photos |
Kokrajhar, Sept. 6: The Hitesh Barman faction of the All Koch Rajbongsi Students’ Union (AKRSU) today asked leaders from the community, who are attached to various political parties, to quit their parties and join the Koch Rajbongshi Sanmilita Mahasabha’s movement for a separate Kamtapur state.
The students’ union also threatened to work against the Congress in the coming elections.
AKRSU president Hitesh Barman said he was dissatisfied with the outcome of the tripartite talks held on September 3. “The government said granting ST status could be discussed but we made it clear that Kamtapur was the ultimate demand of the Rajbongshi people. We will wait for the government’s response in the next round of talks,” he told reporters today.
Various Koch Rajbongshi organisations, led by AKRSU, staged a mass rally at Kokrajhar Government HS and MP School playground today where around 15,000 people shouted slogans and carried placards demanding a separate Kamtapur state, carved out of Assam and north Bengal.
AKRSU has been demanding Scheduled Tribe status for the community and calling for creation of a separate Kamtapur state, comprising 15 districts from Assam and six districts from north Bengal.
“We are demanding the Kamtapur state based on the agreement between the Indian government and the erstwhile Koch kingdom,” the AKRSU president said.
Accusing the state government of doing nothing for the Koch Rajbongshi people, Barman said: “The government has not shown sincerity towards solving the problems of the Koch Rajbongshi people.
“The Congress will have to pay for ignoring our demands. We will work against the party in the next election.”
The AKRSU president said the community had lost faith in the political parties and so leaders from the community should join the statehood movement.
The students’ union threatened to launch a more aggressive movement if their demands for ST status and a separate state were not met. “We will continue agitating till the demands are met,” Barman said.