Guwahati, April 2: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) staged a dhar in front of the Raj Bhawan, Guwahati on Monday alleging dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, mainly due to disinterested and casual approach by the Centre in the Supreme Court recently in a case that attracted relevant sections of the said Act.
The APCC has alleged that as per the judgment made by the Supreme Court on March 20 last in the case of Subhash Kashith Mahajan Vs State of Maharastra, the provision of adequate protection of the SC/ST communities as guaranteed by the Act has been diluted. Launching a scathing attack on the Central Government, the APCC expressed the view that Additiol Solicitor General (ASG) representing the Central Government failed to defend the rights of the SC/ST communities in the Supreme Court due to lack of proper guidance from the Central Government. The APCC has also alleged that with the BJP-led Government at the Centre, atrocities against the SC and ST communities have been on the rise in the country.
APCC president Ripun Bora, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Debabrata Saikia and several other senior leaders of the Congress took part in the dhar. Later, a memorandum was submitted to Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi demanding that a review petition be filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court with a view to upholding the rights and protection of the of the SC and ST communities from atrocities as per the Act.
On the other, the APCC in a statement condemned the recent rise in the price of petrol and diesel and alleged that it is a reflection of the anti-people policy of the Central Government. The party has demanded that the relevant taxes like Excise and others imposed on diesel and petrol be reduced immediately and that the price line be rolled back to the origil level.
In the matter of the CBSC paper leak issue, the tiol Students’ Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest in front of the Rajiv Bhawan in the city on Monday alleging that Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leaders were involved in the case and demanded a high-level probe into the matter. The NSUI has also demanded that justice be done to the student community and that their future be made secure by the government.