DIBRUGARH, Oct 25 - The Asom Chah Jonogusti Jatiya Mahasabha is considering bringing all political leaders of the tea garden working communities under one umbrella to jointly fight for the common cause of the community.
�Floating a new political party exclusively for the interest of the tea garden working community has become inevitable as it has remained to be the most neglected and deprived lot. It is the right time to realize that the community has only been used as vote bank to grab power and get almost nothing in return. We will have to collectively fight for our rights, progress and dignity,� said Lobin Karmakar, general secretary of the Mahasabha.
It may be recalled that Asom Chah Jonogusti Jatiya Mahasabha was the first to welcome the resignation of Duliajan MLA Terosh Goalla. The Mahasabha has asked Goalla to leave Bharatiya Janata Party to float a new political wing exclusively to serve the community in tea gardens. The Mahasabha said that several leaders from various organisations of the tea garden had joined the BJP after the later proclaimed bringing �praivartan� (change) but to their observation the community has been exploited the most under them.
�The BJP refrained from fielding candidates from the tea garden community in constituencies dominated by our people during the last assembly election. In contrast, Indian National Congress fielded candidates from our community in Doomdooma, Digboi, Chabua, Lahoal, Moran, Tingkhong, Sarupathar, Rangapara, Mariani, Kaliabor, Gosaigaon, Mazbat, Behali etc. The BJP has also never considered giving a ministerial berth to Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli�, he said. Similarly representation from the hugely populated community in the present government is almost nil. The other demands of the community like land patta, hike in the wages, ST have also been not fulfilled by the government in power, said Karmakar.