The Telegraph
Monday , June 16 , 2014
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AKRSU reminder to Modi govt

Bongaigaon, June 15: The Biswajit Ray faction of All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) will launch a fresh agitation against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre if the demands for Scheduled Tribe status for the community and a separate Kamtapur state were not resolved soon.

“We will embark on a violent agitation if the newly constituted NDA government fails to address our demands for Scheduled Tribe status within the next six months and Kamtapur issue by 2015,” Biswajit Ray, the president of AKRSU, told the reporters here today.

Ray demanded the NDA government to re-initiate talks, which had been continued by the UPA government, by August 15.

The AKRSU delegates will leave for Delhi on June 28 and stage a demonstration in New Delhi to remind the BJP, which promised to address the Kamtapur and ST issues of the Koch Rajbongshis in its Lok Sabha poll manifesto.

Ray appealed to the Narendra Modi government not to disappoint the Koch Rajbongshis. He also demanded the state government to dissolve the Koch Rajbongshi Development Council immediately as it has brought benefits to only some “individuals” instead of the community.

Another Koch-Rajbongshi organisation, Kamatapur Association, had focused its discussion on the “separate Kamtapur” issue in the delegates’ session in its two-day third annual central conference, being organised from June 14 in Bongaigaon.

The association’s president, Uttam Kumar Ray, said, “Our main focus is a separate Kamtapur and we have left the ST issue to AKRSU to handle.”