BARPETA, Aug 16 - The Sarthebari Subdivision Demand Committee has expressed shock and anguish over the government decision to keep in abeyance the ongoing process of formation of new subdivisions. In a meeting held on Saturday evening on the PWD Inspection Bungalow premises at Sarthebari, it criticised the government for its deprivation of Sarthebari from the status of an administrative subdivision.
Speaking in the meeting, the organisation�s vice president Harmohan Barman, general secretaries Prahlad Talukdar and Haramohan Barman, BJP leader Harekrishna Talukdar, journalist Chakreswar Deka and Nakul Talukdar and teacher Dharme Nayak expressed anguish over the indifferent attitude of the government towards the age-old demand of the people of the area and opined in favour of a vigorous movement to pressurise the government.
The meeting thanked the people and the media for their wholehearted support and cooperation to the ongoing agitation and unanimously decided to launch a series of fresh stir until the demand is met. The meeting chaired by Banikanta Bhuyan, working president of the demand committee, also expressed concern over the silence of the all the MLAs and political parties for their silence over the demand and expressed the view that they should clarify their stand over the vexed issue.
Addressing a press meet at Sarthebari this morning, Banikanta Bhuyan and Prahlad Talukdar, working president and secretary respectively of the Sarthebari Subdivision Demand Committee requested the government to take immediate step to materialise the old demand. The leaders said that both the present government and the ruling party favour the demand, but it has not been met due to the reasons best known to them.
�Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman, who is also the chairman of the cabinet subcommittee to look into the formation of new subdivisions, favour our demand. We have met them on several occasions and they have intimated us that our demand is very much legitimate,� they said.