Udalguri, February 11, 2019
All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) on February 11th, 2019 staged a massive protest demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for the six communities – Chutia, Motok, Moran, Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai-Ahom and Tea Tribes/Adivasis – and separate Kamatapur state.
“The government must accord the ST status to the six communities and the deadline expires on February 13th, 2019,” said Gokul Barman, general secretary, AKRSU.
He added, “If the government fails to accord the ST status, it will face dire consequences ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. We will nominate independent candidates for the polls from 8 No Mangaldoi constituency.”
The agitation was organised at Bishnu Rabha Kristi Sangha. Thousands of people from the Koch Rajbongshi community, dressed in their traditional attire, participated in the mass gathering.
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.