Sit-in over Panchyati Raj in Haflong, it’s opposition’s propaganda: BJP

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HAFLONG, Nov 25: Hundreds of activists of Dimasa Women Society (DWS) staged a sit-in-demonstration in front of the office of deputy commissioner here on Monday to register their protest against Union government’s move for extension of Panchayati Raj to sixth Schedule Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong.

In a bid to more fund flow to the two Autonomous Councils of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, the Centre has planned for implementation of Panchayati Raj system in the three hill districts for development of rural areas.

“This is for the second time the DWS has to come to the street. The government is trying to dilute the Sixth Schedule by implementing Panchayati Raj system in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao,” Dimasa Women Society (DWS) president Ringmila Hojai told reporters here.

“The panchayati Raj is a system fully controlled by the state government. The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Karbi Anglong Autonomous council (KAAC) will have no power on it. By implementing the Panchayati raj, the government is trying to snatch away autonomy from us,” she said.

The DWS also opposed Centre’s move for passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the winter session of the parliament to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014.

The protesters also demanded the government to refrain from setting up of detention camp in the hill district for giving shelter to the D Voters detected by foreigners tribunals (FTs).

Meanwhile, Dima Hasao BJP said it is nothing but a propaganda of opposition parties to defame BJP and clarified that there is no proposal to implement Panchayati Raj in the hill district.

“Recently, the NCHAC assembly passed a resolution opposing Panchayati Raj in Dima Hasao. All BJP members raised their voice against it. But surprisingly, opposition members were not present there,” Hojai said.

In a statement here Monday, Dima Hasao BJP President Nipolal Hojai clarified that the government has no proposal for setting up of detention camp in Dima Hasao. Hojai also said that the present form of CAB will not affect the indigenous communities of Assam and Northeast.

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