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Groups seek ‘solutions’ from Modi

Bongaigaon, May 21: Various ethnic communities in Assam have sought the attention of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi to address their long-pending issues.

Absu president Pramod Boro has express his wish for graft-free governance under Modi as “corrupt governance flourished” under the Congress-led UPA government.

“We hope the Modi government will be able to solve the militancy issues through effective negotiation considering the justified demands of by rebel groups.”

He sought the attention of the new government on the Bodoland issue considering it as a regional problem of Assam as it is not linked only with the welfare of the Bodos but also other indigenous communities living in the region.

“We would be grateful if the new government can include us in the ST list besides ensuring our socio-economic development,” said All Adivasi Student Association of Assam president Raphael Kujur.

Adivasi National Convention spokesman Birsing Munda said the Congress party was using the Adivasis as its “vote bank” but depriving the community of its constitutional rights.

Troilokiya Ray, the general secretary of All Koch-Rajbongshi Student’s Union, said they were hopeful that the new government would address their long-standing “Kamtapur” and ST demands through new sets of policies.

All Bodoland Territorial Areas District Minority Students’ Union general secretary Lafiqul Islam hoped for steps to “protect” the religious minorities in Assam. He sought the intervention of the new government to resolve the ethnic unrest in the Bodo belt.