GUWAHATI: One after the other, numbers of newly formed regional political parties of the state have unkindly declined the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)’s appeal for a united regional political party under one flag, symbol and agenda as the Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) has announced formation of another political party on Thursday.
According to CCTOA convenor Aditya Khaklary, the semi regional new political political party will be formed on October 15 which will focus on issues related to the scheduled tribes (STs) of Assam. As such, the state of Assam has witnessed more divisions in the regional politics rather than unification as appealed by the KMSS.
Earlier, the KMSS appealed all the regional political parties, ethnic organisations and the indigenous tribal bodies to stand united and remain under one flag, symbol and agenda to oust the ruling BJP from Dispur in the ensuing Assam assembly elections scheduled for 2021.
Khaklary said, “The CCTOA has decided to form a new semi regional tribal political party in the state. We will organise a day-long political conference at Machkhowa ITA Centre on October 15. If not allowed there, the venue will be shifted to Sonapur field. Accordingly, the new political party will be formally announced on that conference itself.”
Notably, there are 21 tribal organisations including the Tribal Sanga, Tribal Youth League, Mech-Kochari Jatiya Parishad and others as members of the CCTOA.
The CCTOA Convener further said that the new party will welcome all the former tribal student leaders who are not aligned to any national political parties, leaders of the Tribal Sangha and other members of different tribal organisations.
“The new tribal political party will decide its own future course of action after its formation on October 15. The new party will also sit with various regional political forums like the Sanmilito Gana Shakti, Tiwa Jatiya Oikyo Mancha, Rabha Hasong Jouto Songrami Mancha, UPPL and others,” Khaklary said.
He added, “Our target is to pitch candidates in the 2021 Assam assembly elections. Gradually we will target various council and panchayat elections. We will be focussing on tribal issues. We may come to understandings with those political parties that are kind to our tribal issues.”