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Bongaigaon, Feb. 1: The All BTAD Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) and the All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) have decided to oppose the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.

The leaders of both the student unions declared their positions today at two separate news conferences here.

Alleging that the Congress and the BPF had jointly plotted against minorities in the BTAD in last few years, the student union is determined to politically “harm” the party in the Lok Sabha polls, ABMSU leaders said.

Its president Sahabuddin Ali Ahmed, in a warning, said his organisation would very soon file cases against functioning of agriculture, education, forest and rural development departments in the BTAD in High Court.

“To harm the BPF-Congress combine in the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat, we, with the support of non-Bodo apolitical organisations, will field an Independent candidate in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls,” ABMSU general secretary Lafiqul Islam said.

AKRSU president Biswajit Ray, on the other hand, slammed the state and Centre for failing to hold a third round of talks on a separate Kamtapur state and ST status last month as demanded by his organisation.

Vowing to give a fitting reply to the Congress, Ray said they had decided to go against the party in Lok Sabha polls.

“We will adopt an anti-Congress stand in the Lok Sabha polls and for it we are going to organise a political conference in Bongaigaon in March,” he said.

Ray said he would meet BJP vice-president S.S. Ahluwalia in Guwahati tomorrow.

Responding to the BJP’s invitation for talks and for Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) on February 8, the student body had withdrawn the Assam bandh call on February 7 and 8, Ray said.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will attend a rally in Guwahati on February 8.

“Unless we go against the Congress as a community, we will not survive as the party has betrayed us on every front,” Ray said.


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