NEW DELHI, Jan 12 - Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) has demanded reservation of Government jobs and Government benefits exclusively for those who had been citizens in 1951, to ensure that Assam becomes Bangladeshi-free like other North-eastern States.
In a statement, the convenor of the Manch, Upamanyu Hazarika said that the only manner in which this Bangladeshi aggression can be tackled is by implementing Clause 5.8 of the Assam Accord by identifying foreigners, besides Clause 10, for clearing land under encroachment, for which six valuable years were lost and 855 were martyred.
�It is time that our representatives and leaders rise and act above party affiliations in the interest of indigenous citizens and safeguard them against the ongoing Bangladeshi aggression,� he said.
Today, indigenous citizens in Assam are still a majority and most of the public representatives are elected on their votes. There is therefore no reason for the elected representatives to be silent on this issue, more so when such silence means support for Bangladeshis, he said.
Stating that PVM has initiated a mass signature campaign which has got good response across the State, Hazarika appealed to all to join the signature campaign.