BONGAIGAON, Jan 19 � The Biswajit Ray faction of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union (AKRSU) would launch a series of agitation programmes from February 9 against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for betraying the community in addressing the Kamatapur and ST demands.
The students body and its two wings � the Koch Rajbongshi Mahila Samiti and the Chilarai Sena planned their agitation programme in a joint meeting of delegates, held on Sunday in its head office here, said Biswajit Ray. �Despite several attempts, we were not allowed to meet the Prime Minister and other Union ministers to share our fresh views on our demands,� Ray rued.
The students body and its two wings will obstruct public meetings and rallies organised by the BJP, show black flags to the saffron party leaders, hold protests in front of the BJP offices and call strikes, besides burning of effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 9 as part of their agitation, Ray added.
�Remove BJP, save Koch Rajbongshis� � with this new slogan the AKRSU would adopt a �do or die� approach to meet their demands, Ray said.
To press for their demand for reformation of Kamatapur, the students body will stage a three-hour sit-in demonstration in the headquarters of all districts and subdivisions on February 20. It will be followed by rail blockades, road blockades, a 300-hour strike in the proposed Kamatapur area, disobedience of law, etc., Ray said.
Ray said for the sake of a united force to fight for the cause of the Koch Rajbongshis, he is ready to leave his post of president and could wait for the response of the rival faction for the unification of the two AKRSU factions.
Ray said the students body would soon decide its role vis-a-vis the ensuing elections to the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) as the people seek a political change in the BTC through democratic process. He also called upon the Bodo political leaders to shed the sentiment of �strong nationalism� and their �mindset� for a peaceful atmosphere in the BTC.