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Mottocks threaten to boycott BJP over ST status

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TINSUKIA, Dec 17 - The Mottock ethnic group threatened to boycott the BJP in the coming Assembly election, if would not be given Schedule Tribe (ST) status.

Speaking to the mediapersons at the District Library hall here on Wednesday, the office-bearers of all the organisations namely Mottock Parishad, Mottock Students� Union, Mottock Yuba Chatra Parishad, Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Mottock Federation etc., of the community stated that in the last meeting with the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram, in presence of Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Union Minister of State, Kiren Rijiju in Delhi, the Minister had assured the provisions for the ST status for the six communities namely Mottock, Moran, Koch Rajbangshi, Tai Ahom, Tea Tribes and Chutia of Assam, but all in vain.

They also alleged that both the Parliamentarians of Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur, Rameswer Teli and Sarbananda Sonowal, were not taking any initiative in this respect, rather they were playing politics with the issue.

The leaders of the community demanded that the ST status must be accorded in the next Parliament session to be held in February, next year.

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Mottocks threaten to boycott BJP over ST status

TINSUKIA, Dec 17 - The Mottock ethnic group threatened to boycott the BJP in the coming Assembly election, if would not be given Schedule Tribe (ST) status.

Speaking to the mediapersons at the District Library hall here on Wednesday, the office-bearers of all the organisations namely Mottock Parishad, Mottock Students� Union, Mottock Yuba Chatra Parishad, Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Mottock Federation etc., of the community stated that in the last meeting with the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram, in presence of Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Union Minister of State, Kiren Rijiju in Delhi, the Minister had assured the provisions for the ST status for the six communities namely Mottock, Moran, Koch Rajbangshi, Tai Ahom, Tea Tribes and Chutia of Assam, but all in vain.

They also alleged that both the Parliamentarians of Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur, Rameswer Teli and Sarbananda Sonowal, were not taking any initiative in this respect, rather they were playing politics with the issue.

The leaders of the community demanded that the ST status must be accorded in the next Parliament session to be held in February, next year.