GUWAHATI: The Asom Goriya Parishad (AGP) and the Ujani Asom Muslim Kalyan Parishad (UAMKP) have alleged that the BJP-led coalition government at Dispur has not fulfilled the promises it made for the development of indigenous Muslims of the State.
Addressing the media here on Sunday, UAMKP president Monirul Islam Bora said, "The BJP government did announce the formation of a Indigenous Muslim Development Board and allotted Rs 100 crore for it. The government also announced to conduct a socio-economic survey of the indigenous Muslims of the State like Goriya, Moriya, Deshi, Jalaha and others. However, the government hasn't fulfilled any of these assurances. It has deceived the indigenous Muslims.
"In 2016 also, this government allocated Rs 10 crore for the construction of an Azan Pir Khetra in Sivasagar. However, not even one per cent work of the project has been done. Even as the government has formed the Goriya Development Council recently, it has a number of political persons, including some corrupt ones, as executive members. We demand reconstitution of the development council.
"Even after 70 years of independence of the nation, the indigenous Muslims in the State are a deprived and neglected lot on all fronts. Because of the sparse distribution of the indigenous Muslims in the State, they're deprived on all fronts. On the contrary, the Muslims of Bangladesh origin being larger in number are getting all facilities. Their elected representatives never speak for the indigenous Muslims of the State."
Islam Bora further said that Goriya population has their presence in LACs (Legislative Assembly Constituencies) like Jalukbari, Chayygaon, Palasbari, Hajo, Kamalpur, Rangiya, Nalbari, Borkhetri, Dharmapur, Sipajhar, Mangaldai, Morigaon, Sopupathar, Sivasagar, Patacharkuchi, Dispur, Kalaigaon, Jagiroad, Batadrava, Bokakhat, Golaghat, Jorhat, Nazira, Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh. "We demand all political parties of the State to give tickets to ten indigenous Muslims in the Assembly election," he said.
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