By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 3: The convening committee of the Indigenous Tribal Sahitya Sabhas, Assam (ITSSA) went hammer and tongs against a section of so-called intellectuals of the State, including Dr. Hiren Gohain and KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, for their open appeal to the voters of the State not to vote for the BJP at a time when the Assamese and the indigenous people of the State have been appealing to the people to cast their conscience votes against the parties and organizations that have been protecting illegal Bangladeshis in the State.
In a statement issued to the press today, leaders of the ITSSA said that by his open appeal to the voters not to vote for the BJP, Dr. Gohain acted like an agent of the Congress and the AIUDF. “Gohain holding a press meet on the eve of the election in the State and appealing to the voters not to vote for the BJP is unfortute and condemble. Indian democracy allows every citizen to cast conscience vote. The intellectuals’ appeal to the voters not to cast vote to a particular political party seems to be interference in people’s right to cast their conscience votes. The people of Assam won’t be misled by such intellectuals, and they will cast their conscience votes for the interest of the indigenous people of the State,” they said, and added: “Akhil Gogoi, in the me of struggle for land rights, has been working like a spokesman of a political. By doing this, he has insulted his colleagues and martyrs of the farmers’ movement.”
The indigenous sahitya sabhas also came down heavily on Silchar MP Sushmita Dev for, what they said, her open statement that she would not let the indigenous people of Assam forming a government. “With such a statement, the MP has proved that she isn’t an indigenous people of Assam and she wants to form a government of illegal Bangladeshis in the State. We appeal to all indigenous people of the State to stand united against Sushmita,” they said.