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Students oppose polls at Dimoria

Dec. 28: The Amri Karbi Students’ Union (AKSU) today opposed the holding of election for the Tiwa Autonomous Council at Dimoria in Kamrup district.

The opposition has come a day after several social and student organisations threatened to boycott the forthcoming panchayat elections, if the Assam government fails to hold the Tiwa autonomous council polls in the six constituencies of Dimoria.

Talking to reporters today, union leaders said they have been running a movement in the area since 1979, for a separate autonomous council for the Amri Karbi people living in Dimoria.

“The process of Amri Karbi autonomous council in Dimoria is on. How can we allow another autonomous councils to hold an election here?” a member of the union asked.

The six constituencies where the students union opposed the holding of the elections for Tiwa Autonomous Council are — no. 26 Dimoria, no. 33 Khetri, no. 34 Sonapur, no. 36 Fongri, no. 32 Digaru and no. 35 Ampri.

The organisations, which demanded election on Wednesday, last demonstrated in front of the office of the Sonapur revenue circle and submitted a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi, urging him to hold the election at the earliest.

They said the election was scheduled in 2010, but it was postponed owning to security reasons.

Ratneswar Ronghan, president of the union, criticised the state government for its alleged lackadaisical attitude in holding the election.

“In Dimoria, the Tiwas constitute hardly 3 per cent of the total population while the population of Amri Karbi is around 60 per cent. How can 3 per cent of the population get a separate autonomous council depriving 60 per cent of the population?” an union member asked.

The state government decided to hold the election for Tiwa Autonomous Council in 2010, but kept it in abeyance because of vigorous protest from Amri Karbi students and social organisations.

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