Gorkhas of Assam extends support to Gorkhaland demand
Chief spokesperson of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) the political wing of All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) in Assam Mr. Purna Chetri speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at the 194th Bhanu Jayanti and 1st Bi-nennial Conference of Bokajan Regional Committee of AAGSU at Talbalijan Birsa Munda Mini Stadium, Sariahajan (Bokajan) in Karbianglong extended full co-operation to the Gorkhaland statehood demand in West Bengal. He added that the culture, tradition and language of Gorkhas no where resemble the counterpart Bengalis so there is no means of staying within the same geographical entity. For the larger interest of Gorkhas the Govt. of West Bengal and Govt. of India should create Gorkhaland within the territory of West Bengal at the earliest possible without further involving in blood shedding politics. He informed the media and the general people that AAGSU and GACDC two apex bodies of Gorkhas of Assam in a resolution have supported the statehood demand of Gorkhaland. He even called upon the state government to fulfill its promise of providing Gorkha Development Council for the all-round development of Gorkhas of Assam. It needs to mention here that over the past few years after the silver jubilee of 1976 born All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU), the student body has been demanding Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) within the territory of Assam on satellite basis meanwhile the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi declared January 21st in the open session of Assam Gorkha Sammelan at Digboi to provide Gorkha Development Council along with six other agitating communities.
Addressing as Chief Guest Dil Bahadur Limboo, President All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) recalled the contributions of veteran Freedom fighter Babu Chabilal Upadhyay whose contribution went unrecorded in the History of Assam. He said that it was Chabilal Upadhyay under whose presidentship the then Assam Association was converted into now Assam Pradesh Congress Committee(APCC) whose product is our CM Tarun Gogoi. But then the ruling Congress has forgotten the contribution of this particular person who is equivalent to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi. He lamented that the Govt. of Assam refused to even stand a bronze statue of the veteran leader at his birth place in Tezpur meanwhile airport, roads and several statues of his colleague Gopinath Bordoloi has been raised. It is a conspiracy hatched to uproot the identity of Gorkhas in Assam he added
He even reiterated that the Gorkhas of Assam have always been very loyal to their motherland so they even called Assamese as their mother tongue at the call Ambikagiri Rai Choudhury as there was threat from Bengali language to the existence of Assamese as official language. Socially, economically, politically, culturally and even historically the Gorkhas have contributed for the cause of Assam and at large India. On the august occasion of birth anniversary of a great poet he paid his heartfelt homage and called up[on youth to follow good ideologies of great personalities.
Earlier delivering his keynote address Harkha Bahadur Chetri, President, Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) said that demand of Gorkha Autnomous Council is result of Government failure of resolving our other small demands to identify Gorkhas as 1st class citizen in Assam. He called upon the youth to prepare for democratic protest to achieve their identity of being the 1st class historically contributing Gorkha community in Assam. He said that Gorkhas of Assam are the siblings of those who became a part of sovereign India after the historic 1816 Sagooly treaty between East India Company and Nepal monarch where in a large part of then Nepal upto Goalpara of now Assam was inducted into India for administrative reforms. Technically to divide and rule and always question the citizenship the Gorkhas the Indo Nepal friendship Treaty was signed in 1950 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru the 1st prime minister of independent India with then Nepal monarch. AAGSU had earlier demanded withdrawal of clauses vi and vii of Indo Nepal Friendship Treaty (1950) and issue passport visa system for reciprocal visit by the citizen of either countries so that genuine Indian Gorkhas citizenship is not questioned and smelt over frequent visit by the foreigners from the neighborhood. GACDC is commited to create Gorkha Autnomous Council to solve all problems and issues, he added. 28 members organization of Peoples Committee for Peace Initiative in Assam(PCPIA) have extrended moral and a few have given written assurance in support of Gorkha Autonomous Council.
The open session thronged by more than 5500 people was attended by Biren Singh Engti the only MP from the Autonous Hills District K/A and NC Hills, Mangal Singh Engti Chief Executive Member (CEM) Karbianglong Autonomous Council(KAAC) who answered the queries of student leaders , Pitambar Gurung President, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha, Assam State Committee and several other dignitaries including representatives of students' union of all communities of Assam. All the leaders echoed in same voice and extended full support to creation of Gorkha Autonomous council in Assam.
6 Jan 2015 - 10:48pm | AT News
NIA director general Sharad Kumar is on a three days stock taking visit to the state amid the probe into the recent violence that left 81 dead on Kokrajhar and Sonitpur.
Kumar on Tuesday met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Director General of Police (DGP) Khagen Sarma, Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla and other officials to discuss the investigation.
The NIA chief is scheduled to visit the violence-affected areas in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts on Wednesday.
7 Apr 2009 - 1:28pm | Jayanta Kumar Das
Electioneering in 8 Mangaldai HPC has not been hotting up as majority of the common voters are seen quite indifferent to election activities of the various political parties. According to a few voters living in the villages of various LACs under 8 Mangaldai HPC, candidates of all the political parties have only been busy with their own party workers and media personals. They hardly find time for meeting common voters, what according to them could pose serious problems to all the candidates. The opening of election offices at various places in the HPC, witnessed very low attendance of common voters.At most of the places, less than one hundred people, mostly party workers were seen present on the occasion opening of party election offices.
In 2004 LS polls there had been 12,9839 voters in 8 Mangaldai HPC; but in 2009, the total number of voters has increased to 14,14938.2,05099 new voters will exercise their franchise in the ensuing LS polls to be held on April 16 and 23.As per the revised voters lists, there would be 17,921 D voters in Mangaldai HPC. Out of total 1514 polling stations ( including I no voters centre ),12 have been identified as hypersensitive;303 as very sensitive;505 sensitive and 693 as normal polling stations. The number of service voters would be 1980.The LAC wise voters number, as per 2009 are – ( Total numbers of polling stations in bracket )as follow.Kamalpur-1,40958 (149 ) Rangia 1,51329, (159);Nalbari 1,58572,(168);Paneri 1,19373,(130);Udalguri 1,22063,(135);Mazbat1,13893,(199);Kalaigaon1,36903,(144);Sipajhar 1,43100,(157);Mangaldai 1,75920,(164);Dalgaon 1,52827,(171).As per the results of the 2004 LS polls Congress had won 2 LACs,AGP 2,BPF 4 and IND 2 (1 joined congress and 1 CPM).
Political uncertainty, extremists activities and absence of candidates with clean image have been some of the reasons for voters unwilling to take interest in the election activities so far, as said a few of the voters of various LACs. According to them congress has suffered a serious set back, when their allies BPF had decided to field Dina Nath Das as its candidate. Informed sources also said that congress was unlikely to get support of Bodo voters. The plus point for congress would be the possible support of a few religious minority voters who had earlier supported AUDF. AUDF likely to draw support from majority of Assamese Muslim voters ,because of its candidate Badiuj Zaman. But sad thing for AUDF is that they would unlikely to get support in BTAD areas. On the other hand Ramen Deka of BJP has been keeping a very low profile in some of the LACs. He will not enjoy much support among Bodo voters this time. More over, Assamese Muslim community who had been stern supporters of AGP would keep a distance from BJP for known reasons and would support AUDF for the first time. ABSU’s declaration to remain neutral would effect BPPF’s propect. BPF on the other hand has been working very hard out side BTAD with its non Bodo candidate Dina Nath Das. But it would be difficult to predict anything right now; but BPF and AUDF likely to pose tough time for congress candidate Madhab Rajbangshi.
12 Apr 2018 - 3:08pm | Nikhil Mundra
Hojai: AIUDF leaders have alleged massive inconvenience of the people who have moved the authority to ensure their names in the updated NRC.
In a memorandum before DC Manvendra Pratap Singh, Hojai District AIUDF Committee requested the authority to provide minimum facilities to the people in all NSKs where Family Tree Verification process is under way.
The party leaders highlighted the problems faced by the people who have been coming from the far flung areas for family tree verification process at the NSKs where there is no sanitations, toilets, proper seating arrangements, drinking water, first aid facility.,etc.
"After submitting the memorandum, Deputy Commissioner immediately ordered all the three circle officer's of Hojai, Lanka and Daboka area to implement the order within one week of providing the necessary amenities to the denizens in all the NSK and NRC centre's", Said Helal Uddin Ahmed, President Hojai District AIUDF.