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Rabha panel plea to boycott all parties

Dhubri, March 12: The Sixth Schedule Demand Committee appealed to all the Rabha organisations not to extend support to any political party or participate in the poll campaigns in the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) area as none of the parties have cleared their stand on its demand to accord Sixth Schedule status to the communities.

The committee sources alleged that since the formation of the demand committee on June 8, 2003, it has been relentlessly demanding Sixth Schedule status but till now, no political parties have come out in support of its demand.

“Hence, we appeal to all the organisations of Rabha-Hasong communities, including Rabha-Hasong Joint Movement Forum, not to extend any support to the political parties or participate during their poll campaigns,” said the president in-charge of the committee, Kushadhwaj Rangkho, today.

Rangkho said a cabinet sub-committee, headed by Bhumidhar Barman which was constituted to look into the demands, had submitted an interim report to the state government favouring the status to the communities in 2005.

But it was unfortunate that the report was not sent to the Centre by the state government, he added.

Sources in the committee said it wanted the political parties to clear their stand on granting Sixth Schedule status to the Rabha-Hasong communities and it would also keep a close watch on the manifestos of political parties.

Parts of two Lok Sabha seats — Dhubri and Gauhati — fall under the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council area and the political parties likely to contest these two constituencies have to come clean, a committee source said.

On the future course of action, Rangkho said they would see the manifestos of all political parties and plan their movement after the poll was over.