Bongaigaon, Jan. 18: All Koch-Rajbongshi Students Union president Biswajit Ray today called upon political parties to project a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled to be held on February 7.
Not a single Koch-Rajbongshi candidate has been projected by any political party for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Assam since Independence, said Ray, at his head-office here.
The term for three Rajya Sabha members from Assam — Bhubaneswar Kalita (Congress), Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP) and Biswajeet Daimary (BPF) — will end in March.
Ray said if a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate gets elected to the Rajya Sabha, the long-pending issues of the community would be addressed properly.
“Two national parties have told me that they will consider a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate for the Rajya Sabha as a last option if they fail to get a suitable candidate,” Ray said.
“If any party projects a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate for the Rajya Sabha and is committed to addressing our grievances after the Lok Sabha elections either as the Opposition or the ruling party, we may think of supporting it during the polls after discussing with the Koch-Rajbongshi people,” he added.
According to Ray, the Koch-Rajbongshis have no confidence in the Congress as the party has been depriving the community of political and democratic rights for a long time.
Koch-Rajbongshi legislators of the Congress party are incapable of addressing the issues of the community, Ray alleged. The students’ union leader said if the third tripartite talks with the government are not held this month, they will resume the movement for Kamtapur and Scheduled Tribe status after February 14.
A special executive meeting will be held on January 23 at the Bongaigaon head-office to discuss their course of action. He also added that the union would observe 504th Chilarai Divas at Raja Bijit Narayan Dev Khetra on February 13 and 14 at Bijni in Chirang district.