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Barak literary body hosts conference on 'D voter' issue

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

SILCHAR, March 20: A conference organized by the Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelan (BUBSOS) took place at Banga Bhawan here today. The conference was conducted for discussing the issues of ‘D’ voter, provision of citizenship status and NRC. Important dignitaries including, Taimur Raja Choudhury, president of the organization, Nitish Bhattacharjee, president, central committee, Gautom Prasad Dutta, general secretary, and Dhirendra rayan Biswas, joint secretary, were present on the occasion.

In his iugural speech, Taimur Raja Choudhury touching upon the ‘D’ voter issue said, “It concerns me a lot that ‘D’ voter and NRC issues have not been discussed at length on the eve of the upcoming assembly elections. These sensitive issues may prolong if not discussed and solutions evolved. Elections are approaching and the political parties must speak out on these issues. Provision of citizenship is an area that cannot be overlooked.”

The Election Commission has fixed May 19 for the counting and declaration of the results of assembly elections. The date coincides with ‘Bhasha Sahid Divas’. It may hurt the sentiments of the people of Barak Valley since they have emotiol attachment with this day. The people of Barak Valley commemorate this day every year as ‘martyrs’ day’. Dhirendra Biswas said, “From the next elections, the Election Commission of India should take note of this day of May 19 so that no election related matter like holding of polls or counting takes place. I request you all to go to Delhi and stir the issue, mere discussion will not do.”

Gautam Prasad Dutta said, “Providing citizenship to the inhabitants of the state should have been the top priority. No positive responses have been received so far from the authorities concerned.” The issue of detention camp was also raised. The atrocities inflicted upon prisoners of the camp concerned everybody present. “We want justice for those who are languishing in the camps,” added Gautam Prasad Dutta. Joydeep Biswas, lecturer in Cachar College, said “It is no place for staging a dhar. We do not want another series of bandhs, strikes etc. We want comprehensive answers from the political parties.” The issue of ‘statelessness’ was raised by other speakers. All of them agreed that discussions cannot along serve the purpose.

A slew of proposals were put forth so that the issues of citizenship and ‘D’ voter are resolved. Asking the audience present, the speakers in identical manner said mere dependency on parties will not bring fruitful results, people have to compel the political parties to share their views on the issues discussed at the forum.

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