Bongaigaon, Jan. 24: All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union president Biswajit Ray today asked Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clear their stand on granting Scheduled Tribe status to the community and creation of Kamtapur on Republic Day.
Talking to the media today, Ray said the Centre and the state government had not stated their views on the twin issues. “Since on Republic Day, people in New Delhi usually listen to the speech of the Prime Minister and the people of Assam listen to the chief minister, they should make their stand clear,” said Ray. He said the union was unhappy on the slow pace of the talks with the central and state governments. Along with the AKRSU, the Koch-Rajbongshi Mahila Samiti and Chilarai Sena have demanded the third round of tripartite talks within this month. Yesterday, the three organisations in an executive meeting decided a series of agitation programmes in February, if the talks are not held this month.
The organisations have called 24-hour “Kamtapur” strike on February 5 (educational institutions have been exempted), a 48-hour national highway strike on February 17 and 18, an office strike on March 6 and 7 in “Kamtapur” and a rail blockade from March 16 for an indefinite period. They have also demanded the BJP to announce whether they support their demands before the party’s rally in Assam on February 8 or threatened to call a statewide strike on February 7 and 8.
Ray called up the AIUDF, BJP and AGP leaders yesterday to get their views on fielding a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate for the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections. He said the AIUDF leaders told him that if the AGP and the BJP field a candidate from the community, they would provide support. The AGP said if the AIUDF and the BJP select a Koch-Rajbongshi candidate, they would extend support. But the BJP said they needed a strong candidate and if they get one from the community, they would think about his selection. Ray said the security forces should not harass innocent Koch-Rajbongshi youths in lower Assam in the name of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation, as it would deteriorate the situation in the area.