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Statewide 12hr strike withdrawn

Kokrajhar, Feb. 15: The All Assam Tribal Sangha has withdrawn its 12-hour statewide strike called on Monday to protest Dispur’s anti-reservation policy.

The strike was withdrawn after Dispur invited the Sangha for talks on Monday, its general secretary Aditya Khakhlari said today. “We have temporarily withdrawn the strike call, respecting the government’s invitation for talks. But if we are not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion, we will continue with our agitation,” he added.

Khakhlari alleged that SC and ST employees of different departments were deprived of promotions despite meeting the eligibility criteria. He demanded implementation of the Assam Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Post) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

The All Bodo Students’ Union also slammed the government on its anti-tribal stand and supported the Sangha’s demand. Absu president Pramod Boro said the government had discriminated against indigenous people for a long time and must implement the act at the earliest.

Speaking on the Absu’s 47th foundation day here today, he called for strengthening human relationships, quick solution to underground movement and good governance, saying these were the only ways to end misunderstanding and mistrust among communities.

The Absu resolved to adopt non-violence to achieve goals like creation of a separate state of Bodoland and expressed concern over the “new turn of underground movement”.