BONGAIGAON, July 13 � Koch-Rajbongshi groups have expressed their displeasure over the tribal organisations who have been opposing inclusion of the six ethnic communities in tribal list.
Troilokya Ray of the All Koch-Rajbongshi Student�s Union (Hiteswar Barman), alleged that the Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) is behind the ploy to deprive the six communities including the Koch-Rajbongshis of their right to get tribal status.
�Member of Rajya Sabha Biswajit Daimary is leading the tribal communities against the six communities who are seeking inclusion in tribal list�, Troilokya Ray said.
Ray alleged that the ideology of the BPF party is to harm the non-Bodo communities as the party was formed from a former rebel group which believed in violence.
So, certainly the party would not tolerate the welfare of non-Bodo communities and that is why it was defeated in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha poll by the people of BTAD, Ray added.
If the BPF leaders continue their negative role against the Koch-Rajbongshi community, the party would lose the coming BTC election next year, Ray warned.
Ray also slammed Swami Agnivesh, who was seen supporting the demand of the tribal groups in Delhi going against the six indigenous communities of Assam. �Swami Agnivesh, a Congress agent who was exposed during Anna Hazare�s agitation, should refrain from participating in the demonstration of tribal groups against other communities, otherwise he would be taught a good lesson in future for his dual character�, Ray warned.
Biswajit Ray, who leads a faction of AKRSU as president, came down heavily on the BPF leaders, who promised to support the cause of the Koch-Rajbongshi in a meeting which was held last year in Kokrajhar, for their role against the Koch-Rajbongshis and other five indigenous communities.
�We are not seeking tribal status from the tribal groups, we are seeking it from the Government, so naturally the Government would decide whether we have characteristics of tribes or not�, Ray said.
Ray also added that Swami Agnivesh should visit Assam to access the social, economical and political condition of the Koch-Rajbongshi community before supporting the demand of the tribal groups.
Ray said that he would expose the role of the political leaders of the BPF, who are conspiring against the Koch-Rajbongshi community, soon after reaching Bongaigaon from Delhi.
The Koch-Rajbongshi National Forum president Bimal Barman said that tribal groups are not the government of the country; it is the government which would decide which community is entitled to get tribal status.
�Was the then President of India wrong who granted tribal status to the community through an ordinance in 1996?� Barman questioned the tribal groups who have been opposing the inclusion of Koch-Rajbongshi community in the tribal list.