- AKRSU burnt effigies of PM Narendra Modi and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal demanding ST status
- The ST bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha on February 13, 2019
Bongaingaon, February 14, 2019
Activists of All Koch-Rajbonshi Students Union (AKRSU) burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal demanding the scheduled tribe status on February 14th, 2019 at Assam’s Bongaigaon district along with the rest of the state.
The protesters slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party- National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for ‘betraying’ the six communities of the state by not implementing the Constitution (Scheduled Tribe) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
It may be mentioned that the ST bill lapsed in the recently concluded session of the Upper House of the parliament – Rajya Sabha on February 13th, 2019. The bill was rejected by the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019 in its session.
Leader of the AKRSU’s Bongaingaon unit said, “The government has failed to fulfil the promises made before the 2014 general election and 2016 Assembly Election. They have not done anything for the welfare of the six communities of the state.”
The six communities are Moran, Motok, Tai-Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia and Tea Garden community.
Earlier, All Boro Students’ Union (ABSU) president Pramod Boro, while expressing his concern, had told media persons that the ST bill, if implemented, would hamper the existing ST communities of the state.
On February 8th, 2019, Margherita wing of the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) staged protest along the National Highway 38 at Segunbari in Assam’s Margherita demanding the ST status to the Adivasi community of the state saying that it was a long pending demand of the community.