DIPHU, Oct 18: Retired IAS officer and president of All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC), JI Kathar on Friday came down heavily on BJP leader and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) executive member (EM) Rupsing Teron for his Kathar origin jibe.
“JI Kathar is not Kathar but Teron,” Teron said addressing the Gandhi Sankalpa Yatra at Dolamara under Duarbagori MAC constituency on Friday.
“If one is an EM they are regarded as a big man among the Karbis, but Rupsing Teron has put all his speech, energy, mind and soul in criticising and pulling me down. And for this Gandhi Sankalpa Yatra has been used,” Kathar said replying to the criticism of Teron.
“It is true that my father’s name is Basa Ingti Kathar. But it is not true that Basa Ingti Kathar’s father is Sam Teron. My grandfather’s name is Wai Kathar. He was a singer, that’s why he was also known as Lunse (bard/singer) Kathar, he was Kathar Sarpo (Karbi traditional dignitary) at Ronghang Rongbong (capital of Karbi traditional kingdom in West Karbi Anglong),” he said.
He also said the APHLC, 24+ and Sixth Schedule Implementation Committee are working for the preservation of the Karbis. The CEM, MP and MLAs should have done so.