Kokrajhar,Jan 5: The United People's Party-Liberal (UPPL) demanded a free and fair NRC across the state. Talking to www.assamtimes.org in Kokrajhar on Friday, Rajya Sabha MP and UPPL president Urkhao Gwra Brahma welcomed the first part NRC draft saying that it was a good job being monitored by the Supreme Court. He has appealed to the citizens not to be panic post publication of NRC draft over inclusion or non-inclusion in the first part draft. He said that first part draft publication indicates good sign while implementing NRC update and all original citizens will be included in the NRC. 'Illegal immigrants should be deported through the proper verification and they must be identified through the NRC update implementation in the state', Brahma said.
14 Sep 2007 - 11:12am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
A bandh is the choicest means of protest for all political parties or organizations. We have seen umpteenth number of bandhs for hundreds of reasons such as killings, price rise, atrocities etc. But have these bandhs ever benefited the cause they are called for? Instead these bandhs reverse the wheel of an already slow progress that Assam is involved in. School children and college going youngsters are unable to complete their syllabi on time which later has a bad effect on their future results, ailing people suffer immensely for non availability of medical attention, daily wage earners are the worst sufferers who are unable to feed the hungry mouths at home. In such a predicament do these people gain anything by the bandhs. Assam has the most number of bandhs in a year added with the other calendar holidays and Sundays the Assamese hardly get time to work. In fact a trend has developed among us to expect some kind of a bandh frequently so much so that it seems that the bandh givers have realized the pulse of the people and slate the bandhs on weekends or nearing holidays so that the bandh becomes total. Again in such a condition the people are hardly bothered regarding the cause behind such bandhs.
In fact Assam is known for its tea, rhino, ULFA and bandh culture which perhaps has also earned it the epithet of a lahe-lahe city. Surprisingly the grapevine works its best during such bandhs and people come to know of a bandh in a matter of minutes! Perhaps deep down we like those bandhs which gives us a respite from the daily grind.
Protests should be such that the common public gets an active part to play. Public discussions, suggestions, door to door campaigns, candle light marches, sit in demonstrations, slogans fasts etc are better ways of making a point then calling for bandhs.
Bandhs not only put a brake in the economic progress but it also means huge losses to the country at large and the state in particular. Moreover, such bandhs send a wrong message to the outside world and most importantly to our future generations who are going to get this bandh culture as a legacy. But will anybody’s conscience be stirred by the above observations? I think not. May be we should call for a bandh to put an end to bandhs!
Village to village campaign by party bigwigs, including its candidate Dina Nath Das has placed BPF well ahead of all other political parties including congress,AUDF and BJP in Kalaigaon LAC under 8 Mangaldai HPC, particularly in BTAD areas.While speaking to ‘The Assam Tribune’ at Borkola near Kalaigaon, on April 11, BPF candidate Dina Nath Das said that he would prove to be the unchallenged candidate with no close contestants. Answering to a question how was his prospect outside BTAD,he said,he had equally been popular and well known in non BTAD areas like Mangaldai and Sipajhar etc. and would easily get at least five lakhs votes, enough to make him winner.He said that he was assured support by various political,social organizations irrespective of religion and community.
In the meantime all the top ranking BPF leaders have started hectic political activities in various villages of Darrang and Udalguri districts.there by keeping BPF well ahead of other parties including congress,AUDF and BJP. BPF leaders attended a large election rally at Barkola 10 km from Kalaigaon on April 11 at 11 am, which was attended by more than thousand peole.BPF central secretary Jagadish Sarkar while addressing the rally strongly criticized both congress and BJP for their total failure to implement any of their promises while they had been in power for long terms. BPF candidate Dina Nath Das said that although there had been several powerful MPs from Mangaldai,like Sivious Condpan,Anowara Taimur ( former Assam CM) and Birendra Baishya (former union minister) no actual developments were done for the people of Mangaldai.He assured people that he would entrust local committees to utilize MPLAD fund, if voted to power.On the matter of Bangladeshi infiltration, he said that no Indian citizen would be harassed ;but illegal migrants must leave Assam. Maheswar Baro, MLA, Kalaigaon also criticized Madhab Rajbangshi of coingress,Narayan Barkataki of BJP for the introduction commission system through own nominees to utilize funds under MPLAD, keeping common people out of the process.The rally was also attended by Banzar Daimari,MCLA;Dandi Rabha,MCLA and Malati Rani Narzari,member,BPF central policy making body.