- Modi government is moving forward with the motto Sabka Saath, Sabaka Vikash, Sonowal said
- Modiji has empowered STs to dream big and realises their aspirations, Assam CM said
- ST Bill 2019 failed to clear in the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019
Guwahati, February 3, 2019
In wake of protest across the state over the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that under the Narendra Modi Government’s motto Sabka Saath, Sabaka Vikash, all-round development of tribal people of the country has been given due importance.
Sonowal had earlier stated that granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities of the state would be finalised without affecting the rights and privileges of the existing ST communities. The ST Bill 2019 failed to clear in the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019.
While inaugurating a two-day BJP Janajati Rashstriya Mahaadhibeshan in Odisha on February 2nd, 2019, he said, “Modiji’s visionary leadership has empowered STs to dream big and realise their aspirations. The Tribal people are being given support in education, health and communication sectors. Let us carry forward this vision towards a new dawn of progress.”
He added, “The Modi Government has given priority to tribals in its all welfare programmes, be it the construction of household latrines under Swacch Bharat or construction of pucca houses under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana.”
— BJP Odisha (@BJP4Odisha) February 2, 2019
High on ‘Josh’
After Prime Minister Modi, Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Assam Minister also quoted ‘josh’ – the dialogue, which has now become a popular catchphrase, from the latest Bollywood blockbuster Uri: The Surgical Strike. “The ‘josh’ was high at the @BJP4STMorcha National #TribalMahaAdhiveshan at Puri, Odisha (sic),” Sonowal tweeted.
Uri has been hailed as the fastest movie to score Rs 100 crore at the box office. The film, starring actors Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam, is based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian forces in Pakistan in 2016. “How’s the Josh?” from the film Uri, which went insanely viral is not merely a line, it is an “emotion,” wrote Vicky on his Instagram profile, in which he thanked his fans for all the love.
PM Shri @narendramodi ji's visionary leadership has empowered STs to dream big and realise their aspirations. Let us carry forward this vision towards a new dawn of progress.#NamoAgain pic.twitter.com/yZrKxL2XI7
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) February 2, 2019
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had assured that a Bill will soon be introduced in the Parliament to grant ST status to 6 communities which include Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Moran, Matak and tea tribes of the state.
It may be mentioned that the Centre’s plan for the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has evoked anger among tribal communities in Assam. The All Bodo Students’ Union also opposed the Centre’s move to grant Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the six communities.