BAJALI, Aug 16: The 24-hour hunger strike, staged by the Bajali sub-division Students’ of Barpeta district at Pathsala, concluded on Wednesday.
The hunger strike, led by Pathsala Anchalik Committee of AASU president Damodar Roy and secretary Himangshu Sarma, started at 9 am on Tuesday, in front of the AASU office in Pathsala town, and ended at 9 am on Wednesday.
The AASU activists demanded announcement of Bajali sub-division as a separate district.
Around two hundred AASU activists joined the hunger strike at the Hari Mandir premises. In the programme, members of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bajar Committee of Pathsala and many other political parties were present.
It may be mentioned that during the last State Assembly election campaign, Himanta Biswa Sarma, now Finance, Health and Education minister, who came to Bajali to campaign for coalition candidate Pabindra Deka, had promised that Bajali would be declared as a district if they come to power.
Sarma had said Bajali would be upgraded as a district at any cost to take forward the development graph of the area. But as no step has been taken to declare Bajali as a district, the Pathsala Anchalik unit of the AASU took the decision to stage the hunger strike.
Speaking at the hunger strike venue, AASU leader Himangshu Sarma said, “The State Government must declare Bajali as the district. The Government should announce Bajali as a district covering all the areas under Bajali Sub-division, from Sarukshetri to paka Mouza.”