FROM A CORRESPONDENT
BARAMA, March 25: Aboro Suraksha Samiti-Asom released its election manifesto for the BTC polls at a meeting held at Kadamtal Chowk in Baksa on March 22.
Dilwar Hussain, chief secretary of Aboro Suraksha Samiti formally released the manifesto comprising 17 points, which includes steps to foil any bid for further extension of BTAD areas; curtailing of non-Bodo majority villages from BTAD through review of BTC Accord; to oppose and check the transfer of Home and Fince departments to the BTAD; to accord recognition of ST status to the Koch-Rajbongshis, Adivasis, Tai-Ahoms, Morans and Motoks, etc; seizure of illegal arms in BTAD; to keep the surrendered NDFB cadres in the desigted camps under the vigilance of the Army; stringent steps against corruption, extortion, violence and killing; Government employment to educated unemployed youths; to make provision of constituency reservation on the basis of ethnic population pattern; to resolve the problem of issuing caste certificate to the Sarania community; to resolve the problem of teachers in BTAD, appointed in 1999, and to foil the conspiracy of further division of Assam, etc.
Speaking at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Surat Jaman Sarkar, Jogeswar Kalita, secretary of the Samiti said that Independent candidates contesting the BTC polls with the support of Aboro Suraksha Samiti will establish the ethnic rights of land and languages of 22 lakh non-Bodo people.
He reiterated that the non-Bodos will teach a proper lesson to the BPF in the ensuing election. He expressed concern over the lack of priority to the Assamese language in BTAD. The Aboro Suraksha Samiti-supported candidates were offered warm felicitation and support letters in the meeting.