GUWAHATI, July 6 � The National Alliance for People�s Movement (NAPM) today said that it would firmly stand by the movements carried on by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in Assam. For, these movements are connected with the aspiration of common people to lead a dignified life as the citizens of an Independent country. NAPM has decried the Government's bid to portray KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi as a Maoist.
Addressing a press conference here, NAPM convenor Sandeep Pandey, its member Ashok Choudhury and Gautam Mody made the above announcement. They also informed that their organisation � an umbrella organisation of several organisations of the country, including the KMSS � would stage sit-in demonstrations in front of the Parliament on August 3, 4 and 5 next against the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.
They alleged that under the provisions of this �colonial� legislation, the settlers of the Guwahati hills have been sought to be evicted. What the Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi is trying to do in Assam has been opposed by his party leader Rahul Gandhi in UP, they asserted.
They held the govt responsible for the June 22 incident at Dispur. The repressive measures, especially the act of opening fire on the agitators, in no way can be described as democratic ones, they said.
However, in reply to questions, they told the newspersons that they were not for justifying each and every act of the Akhil Gogoi-led agitators, like the acts of arsoning, etc., and made an appeal to the government to settle the contentious issues through peaceful negotiations. The government should give up the confrontationist attitude, they said.
The Government should allot land to the landless people going by its policy of allotting land to those who have completed 15 years of their occupation of government land or should provide them with shelters, said the NAPM leaders.