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Ganashakti dubbed as ‘double standard’

Ganashakti party was formed with an objective to address the issues and sentiments of the Mising community

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GUWAHATI: A section of politically conscious citizens belonging to the Mising tribe, the second largest tribal group of the state of Assam have slammed the present leadership of the Sanmilito Gana Shakti, Assam, popularly known as Ganshakti party, for their alleged ‘double standard’ political attitude.

While interacting with this correspondent keeping in mind the 2021 Assam assembly polls, a number of research scholars, academics, activists and social workers of the Mising community said, “Present Ganashakti leaders have ruined the hopes and aspirations of the Mising community. The present central leadership is far away from its early objectives. Now they are struggling to secure power remaining loyal to the BJP.”

It needs mention here that the natives of the Mising community slammed the Ganshakti leaders when there is speculation doing around the corner that the Ganashakti will extend support to the BJP in Majuli in the 2021 assembly poll while it will pitch own candidates at Dhakuakhana and Jonai assembly constituencies.

Probing the speculations, one of the central leaders of the Ganashakti, on conditions of anonymity told this correspondent that maintaining the principles of an alliance the Ganashakti will extend support to the BJP in Majuli. However, he further said that the regional party will pitch its own candidates at Jonai and Dhakuakhana assembly constituencies.

Expressing concern over this perplexing decision of the Ganshakti, the politically conscious citizens said, “Now the Ganashakti leaders are no more committed to the concerns of the Mising community. They have turned power brokers. As a result, our community members will become subject to more oppression in the days to come.”

Notably, the Ganashakti party was formed with an objective to address the issues and sentiments of the Mising community in particular both at the assembly as well as at the parliament. Currently, the Ganashakti is an alliance of the ruling BJP in the state.
Lone Ganashakti MLA Bhuban Pegu from Jonai assembly constituency in Upper Assam’s Dhemaji district is a popular and one of the pioneering faces of the Mising’s identity movement.

Significantly, Ganashakti president Ronoj Pegu joined the BJP in 2017 and contested the by-poll at the Dhemaji assembly seat for his party, defeating his nearest Congress rival Babul Sonowal.