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Citizens� convention to discuss State�s political discourse

By City correspondent

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 - The Axom Nagarik Samaj will organise a citizens� convention at the Pragjyoti Cultural Complex, Machkhowa here on December 20.

Axom Nagarik Samaj general secretary Paresh Malakar in a press conference today said the citizens� convention will be inaugurated by human rights activist and Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhusan.

The main objective of the convention is to discuss the State�s political discourse. A manifesto will also be published in the convention.

The Samaj today also released a written appeal, �let us oppose divisive politics unitedly�, signed by more than three hundred writers, intellectuals, artistes and public figures, including Dr Hiren Gohain, Nirupama Borgohain, Lakshmi Nandan Bora and Dr Nagen Saikia, among others, on the occasion.

In its appeal, they mentioned that the present BJP-led government in the State has sidelined the core issues affecting the society and started indulging in divisive politics.

�The BJP had made many tall promises in its vision document published in 2016. But during the last five years, they did nothing to fulfil any of the promises. They promised the people that once they come to power, they would implement all the promises of the vision document in toto. They promised many things in health, education and agriculture as well, besides employment generation, which never became a reality,� stated the appeal.

�The party gave assurances that Assam�s flood problem and land erosion would be solved and announced that the Brahmaputra would be dredged. One of its promises was the implementation of the Assam Accord, particularly the implementation of Clause 6 of the Accord that provides for the constitutional safeguard of cultural, social and linguistic identities and heritage of the Assamese people,� it added. The Samaj also urged the people to oppose all divisive propaganda in the upcoming elections.

The BJP has forgotten its vision document, its earlier commitments and recommendations of all the committees formed mainly for the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and others, it stated in the appeal, adding that but they are now mainly concentrating on offering some sops to the poor to garner votes and diverting people�s attention from the basic issues.

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