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AKRSU faction to protest Pillai�s BTAD visit

By Correspondent

BONGAIGAON, March 1 � Opposing GK Pillai�s scheduled visit to the BTAD on March 4, the Hiteswar Barman-led AKRSU faction has decided to join the eight-hour rail blockade called by the Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha (JAM), a forum of 17 apolitical organisations, on March 3, the general secretary of the student body, Troilokya Ray, said today.

�We will never allow the formation of Bodoland on the territory of the proposed Kamatapur State,� Ray said. Being a part of the JAM, the student organisation will continue its protest against any study to be conducted by the one-man expert committee chairman, GK Pillai, on the Bodoland issue.

The adviser of the AKRSU faction, Atul Ray maintained that the Kamatapur State demand is backed by history unlike that of Bodoland. But the Union Government has adopted a biased attitude towards the Koch-Rajbongshi community only to act against the wishes of the Koch-Rajbongshis, Ray added.

However, the other AKRSU faction, led by Biswajit Ray, has welcomed GK Pillai�s visit to the State. He urged the one-man expert committee to entertain the opinions of all communities living in the BTAD area on both the Kamatapur and Bodoland issues. It will definitely help the expert committee to gauge the aspirations of the common people on the demands for these two separate States, Ray said.

Meanwhile, the ABMSU has taken a stand against the formation of Bodoland. Its general secretary, Lafiqul Islam said that the ABMSU would continue its protest against Pillai�s visit to the BTAD as an ally of the JAM. He urged all the student organisations and intellectuals of the State to stand united against the further division of Assam. He also demanded of all the political parties in the State to clarify their stand on the separate State issues. Islam said that his organisation would join the rail blockade on March 3 and burn the effigies of the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and GK Pillai on March 4.

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