BONGAIGAON, March 10 � The AKRSU faction led by Hiteswar Barman has decided to play their role in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll as per the decision of the conglomerate of 21 non-Bodo organisations � the Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, but the other faction led by Biswajit Ray will decide on their role only after getting the opinions of other Koch-Rajbongshi organisations in a meeting to be held here on March 12.
Disclosing this before the media today, Biswajit Ray said that his organisation will follow the suggestions of other like-minded bodies as regards their stand on the participation in the Lok Sabha polls in the State.
Ray slammed both the Congress and the BJP as they have not selected anyone from the Koch-Rajbongshi community as candidate for any Lok Sabha seat in the State. He termed this act of political parties as �unfortunate� and warned them of facing the consequences in the future.
Asked if his organisation would support the pro-talk ULFA leader Hira Sarania, who has been projected as a candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat by the Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, Ray categorically stated that his faction will not support Sarania, as his organisation does not support any division of the State that goes against the interests of AKRSU.
Ray further said that the student body has decided to launch a fresh series of agitations to highlight their demands. The Ray-led AKRSU faction has called a 36-hour Assam-Kamatapur bandh from March 13 and a 100-hour chakka bandh from March 25. However, all educational institutions have been exempted from these strikes, Ray said and announced that the indefinite railway blockade slated from March 16 has been temporarily suspended on account of Holi.
The Koch-Rajbongshi National Forum has supported the strikes called by the Biswajit Ray faction, according to its president Bimal Barman, who also informed that his forum will abide by the opinion of the community on its participation in the poll, at a convention to be held here on March 30 next.