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No tribal leaders are joining the Assam Jatiya Parishad: Tribal Body

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By Debananda Medak

GUWAHATI: The Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organizations of Assam (CCTOA), a joint platform of various indigenous tribal communities of the state on Friday said that no tribal leaders are shortly joining the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

CCTOA chief coordinator Aditya Khaklary said, “As of now, no tribal leaders are in a position to join the AJP. We will maintain our apolitical characteristics. We are not going to involve either directly or indirectly with the AJP. We have our own issues. The issues related to the tribal communities are not resolved by this present regime. So we will continue fighting for it without aligning with any political parties.”  

Recently, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Assam Jatiayatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) jointly formed the new regional political party – AJP accumulating the forces of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act movement. The AJP has set its goal to oust the ruling BJP in the 2021 assembly elections.   

Stressing that the people of Assam will determine the fate of the AJP in 2021, Khaklary said, “Even the mainstream Assamese societies are divided into many fronts. The tribal organisations to are not an exception. It is very difficult to predict which particular organisation will extend support to the AJP to strengthen its mission to oust the BJP in 2021.”

Khaklary further asserted that the new regional political party has emerged at a time when all the tribal autonomous councils are under the grip of the BJP-led state government. “It will be too tough for the AJP to extract support from the tribal leaders at this critical juncture as most of the tribal autonomous councils are either alliance of the ruling BKJP or under its grip,” the veteran tribal leader said.

He also added, “We have no reason to discourage the beginning of the AJP. For the greater interest of the people of Assam besides being an indigenous organisation of the state our moral support will always be there for the AJP in the days to come.”