Non-tribal bodies oppose separate voters list for council poll

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HT Correspondent

BOKAJAN, Sept 10: Altogether 15 non-tribal organisations of Karbi Anglong joined hands together to voice against separate voters’ list to be prepared by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), in which the names of the non-tribal voters would be scrapped.

In a meeting held at Bokajan on Sunday evening, the non-tribal organisations also opposed the directive of Gauhati High Court asking KAAC authorities to frame new set of laws for elections to the council in exercise of its power under Para-2 Sub Para-7 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

The High Court has passed the order disposing a PIL filed by one Ratan Teron who has challenged the validity of existing voters’ list of the council. Under the directive of the High Court, the KAAC authority has constituted a drafting committee to seek opinion from all individuals, organisations and other stake holders for framing the draft rules for the separate electoral rolls.

The drafting committee has sought opinion from all stake holders on or before September 30 for consideration.

The conglomeration of 15 non-tribal organisations has opposed the move for scrapping the names of non-tribal voters from the new KAAC voters’ list. “It is not justified. Karbi Anglong was curved out of Nagoan and Sivasagar (present Golaghat) districts. If they prepare separate voters list for tribals, the areas taken from Nagaon and Golaghat districts should be merged back with erstwhile districts,” Adivasi student leader Anil Toppo told reporters here.

“CEM Tuliram Ronghang has bens extending financial help to leaders of 24 tribal organisations to raise voice for scrapping the names of non-tribal voters from the council voters list,” Toppo alleged.

The issue of separate voters’ list for council polls has rocked Karbi Anglong before 2017 council elections. The Sixth Schedule Implementation Committee (SSIC) led by its adviser and former IAS officer JI Kathar has taken up the issue at various level. Even as the KAAC authorities set up the draft panel, the SSIC rejected it and said all the members of the panel should be taken from the representative organisations of the SSIC.

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