Discussions with indigenous bodies necessary before full-fledged political party: Dipanka Nath

The AASU President said that the student body will announce its political party within the next week
Discussions with indigenous bodies necessary before full-fledged political party: Dipanka Nath

Guwahati: All Assam Students' Union (AASU) President Dipanka Nath today said that there must be discussions with all the indigenous organizations with the state before a full-fledged political party came come into existence to contest the Assembly polls in 2021.

"We have to sit one-on-one with all the 30 regional indigenous bodies that we have an understanding with and they are bound to put forth their own views," Nath told The Sentinel Digital. "The 2021 poll in Assam is still a long way off, and thus, we are well on our way to forming a full-fledged political unit in order to contest the polls."

Nath further informed that on September 25, the apex student body has decided to form human chains across Assam with a number of demands. "We have decided to form human chains across the length and breadth of the state due to a number of pending demands. Firstly, we would like to demand the proper implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, as promised. Secondly, we demand proper remuneration for the victims of the Baghjan fire. Thirdly, we want the Government to roll back the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Fourthly, we want the annulment of the EIA," said Nath.

It is pertinent to mention here that the AASU-AJYCP held a meeting today with representatives of 30 indigenous groups of Assam ahead of the formal announcement about the political party. During the meeting, the AASU leadership said that a political party would be announced very soon.

"We have resolved to form the party within the next week. However, the official announcement shall only be made next month at the AASU's political convention," Nath said.

Earlier, an 18-member advisory committee was set up to suggest measures to be taken to safeguard and carry forward the language, culture, and heritage of Assam and Assamese people. The party is looking at contesting 80-100 seats in the upcoming Assam Assembly elections next year.

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