SILCHAR, Sept 21 - Over 500 people belonging to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community under the banner of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students� Union and All India Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha supported by other organisations took to the streets on Thursday to raise their collective voice of dissent against the alleged injustice meted out to them regarding recognition as OBC community in the list of the Central Government.
In an ultimatum with a deadline till November 15 next sent to the Prime Minister with a copy to the Chief Minister, Gopidas Singha, president of All India Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha said, �despite fulfilling the requisite parameters required to be included in the list of the Central Government, the Bishnupriya Manipuris of Assam have been kept out of the list so far. This has resulted in widespread unemployement as youths are deprived of jobs in Government organisations.�
Echoing Gopidas, Gaurab Rajkumar, president of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students� Union (NBMSU) said that people belonging to this community lack representation in the Rajya Sabha and also in the State Assembly. �Against this apathy, we have decided to launch a phasewise protest for six months till March 2018,� Rajkumar added.