BONGAIGAON, Sept 17 - Biswajit Ray faction of AKRSU called a 24-hour strike on September 21 and urged all the Koch-Rajbongshi organisations to unite for the issues of the community by keeping aside personal differences.
At a press conference on Wednesday at the head office here, Biswajit Ray, president of AKRSU, called on all the Koch-Rajbongshi organisations to come together to carry forward the demands of the community with renewed vigour as the successive union governments have been using the issues for their political benefits.
�This is not the time to get busy with infighting among the groups of the community on personal difference, instead all the members of the groups should come forward for the interest of the community in this critical juncture,� said Ray.
The Union Government had made commitment in a meeting, held with the leaders of the six communities on August 6 in Delhi, to announce the new modality, chalked out to enlist six communities, including Koch-Rajbongshi as tribal, by September 15. But nothing had been said on the modality by the Government before the expiry of the deadline, Ray added.
The students group believed that the new modality chalked out by the Government for granting the ST status to the six communities would not bear any fruitful outcome as for it a fresh recommendation by the State Government would be required. If the fresh recommendation of the State Government does not fit according to the modality, the process would be sabotaged, Ray further said.
Hence, Ray asked those community leaders, who had participated in the talk, to put out their reactions in this matter and he announced his fresh agitation before the media. So the people of the community would decide their next course of action in favour of their issues.
Regarding his future plan to join politics, Ray said, �I would follow what my organisation decides.� For the demands of ST status and Kamatapur, Ray declared the 24-hour strike. His group would take out a bicycle rally in all the districts in the State on September 29 and a demonstration in Delhi on October 12.
Following the Demonstration in Delhi, Ray would organise a national convention in the State to form opinion for their demands and invite each and every group of the community to join it.