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Rabha releases manifesto

Sabda Rabha

Kokrajhar, April 18: Independent candidate from Kokrajhar and former AGP leader Sabda Rabha today released his manifesto seeking provisions for equal distribution of power and rights among different communities in the BTAD and framing a strong law to prevent the harassment of people from the Northeast.

The manifesto was released at the Kokrajhar Press Club here today.

Rabha said he would help Adivasis and Koch Rajbongshis get Scheduled Tribe status. Rabha said he would raise the issue of amendment to the BTC Accord and formation of a “conflict prevention team” in the region to end differences among various communities.

Rabha skipped the issue of Bodoland but included the demand for Kamtapur, which he wanted to be addressed through dialogue.

He said he would raise the demand for setting up a National Institute of Technology and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Kokrajhar.

He said he would work to re-establish the historic Adivasi Santhal agency and extending the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 to cover areas not mentioned in the Panchayati Raj Act.“The 1996 act is a crucial legislation to empower indigenous communities to have control over governance and resources through traditional rights and tight to livelihood, dignity and identity. It will give liberty to tribals to follow their own customs and self-rule,” he said.

Rabha also came down heavily on Hira Sarania saying he was the leader of banned organisation and said the people are fed up with the gun culture and will not support him.