ATASU Stages Stir Against ST Status Dilly-Dally

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HT Correspondent
JORHAT, Dec 20: The All Tai Ahom Students Union (ATASU) Jorhat district unit members on Monday staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the Jorhat deputy commissioner’s office complex protesting against the non-fulfilment of their long-standing demand to grant ST status to six communities of the state, which included the Ahoms, and also the demand for the protection and conservation of ancient monuments.
Holding banners and placards seeking fulfillment of their demands, the protesters shouted slogans slamming the BJP-led Central and State governments for failing to implement the assurances given by the present ruling party before the last two Assembly polls.
They said that both the former and the present BJP-led state governments in October last year and this year (September) had assured of doing the necessary ground work to ensure that the six groups could be included in the ST list.
They pointed out that BJP came to power at the Centre and in Assam consecutively twice, but the pre-poll promises remained unfulfilled each time.
The protesters warned that they would undertake a massive agitational programme if the government did not honour the demands of the students’ body.
The ATASU members, while stating that Congress party had lost power in the State and at the Centre for failing to hònour the pre-poll assurances regarding granting of ST status to the six tribes and cautioned that same fate could befall BJP in 2024 if the assurances were not fulfilled.
They also slammed the government for not taking adequate measures for the protection and conservation of several monuments in the district.


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