Assam: People, Organisations Protest Against Re-Merger Of Four Districts
The protest has been initiated by AASU and other political parties in a demand to withdraw the cabinet's decision.
GUWAHATI : Recently, on the 31st of December, Assam Cabinet announced the decision to merge four districts in the state. The cabinet was chaired by CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in New Delhi.
However, the decision erupted in agitation amongst the general public. Protests were seen in several district of Assam like Bajali, Hojai, Tamulpura and Biswanath.
Opposition Congress party along with other political parties in collaboration with several organisations has raised voice against the decision.
Samujjal Kumar, the chief advisor of AASU, demanded withdrawal of the cabinet decision. He stated that, in no way the merging is acceptable. The people, along with AASU, demonstrated in several protests both peacefully and aggressively to demand back district status to these subdivisions.
T ensure that their demands are fulfilled, the government should roll back the merger. The protesters raised slogans like 'go back', and blocked roads demonstrating objection against the cabinet's decision.
The Assam government has decided to re-merge the newly created districts with original ones. The affected districts include Biswanath, Tamulpur, Hojai and Bajali. Biswanath was carved out from Sonitpur, while Hojai from Nagaon.
Bajali was separated from Barpeta district and Tamulpur from Assam's Baksa district.
Bhupen Bora, the Congress state president claimed that the government has taken the decision without any notice or discussion with the people of the four districts.
The self esteem and self respect of the people belonging to these four districts are at stake, he said. The merger will create a complicated atmosphere. He emphasised on the fact that, this particular decision made by the CM only shows how much of an authoritarian character he holds.
However, on the other hand, Pabitra Margherita, the BJP MP and spokesperson of the party asserted that, the CM Himanta Biswa Sarma along with the state administration has made decisions only with a view to develop and for progress of the state as a whole.
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