BONGAIGAON, Jan 22 - The Kamatapur Progressive Party (KPP), a political organization of the Koch-Rajbongshis, set up its office at Barpara near Chilarai Indoor Stadium here on Thursday to play an active role in the ensuing Assembly polls in the State for the larger interest of the community.
The political party, which was formed in 1995 in Coochbehar in West Bengal seeking a separate Kamatapur state within the Indian territory, spread its activities to Assam in 2005 as a political party extending support to the ST issue of the community living in the State.
The successive state governments in Assam and West Bengal and the Union Government have failed to address the burning issues of the Koch-Rajbongshi community despite repeated pleas made by different groups of the community. Hence, to be a factor in the formation of the next government, the party has planned to take an active role in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State, said Uttam Kumar Ray, general secretary of the KPP.
The KPP would be a political factor in 35 of the 126 Assembly seats in the State, Ray said, adding that the party had set up its branch unit in the State last month besides forming the local units in Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. The Bongaigaon district unit would be formed soon, the KPP leaders said.
Kamal Kumar Barman, president, KPP state branch and Kamal Ray, president, All Kamatapur Student Organisation were also present during the interaction with media.