The 10-hour Karbi Anglong district bandh called on Saturday in protest against the proposed merger of Hill Area Development (HAD) department and the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) has been postponed.

The shutdown from 5 am to 3 pm on Saturday was called by Convening Committee for Unification (CCU).

CCU leaders Saising Rongpi and Rabindra Rongpi while addressing a press conference at Diphu on Friday night said that they have decided to defer Saturday’s strike.

Earlier on Friday morning, CCU leader Kharsing Teron had said, “There is a political conspiracy to displace the position of the hill people and districts. We oppose this and will surely oppose it.”

“There are two types of tribes in Assam which is in the constitution- the hills tribe and the plains tribe. There is a lot of disparity between the hill tribes and the plains tribes in socio-political, economic, cultural and linguistic. The disparity still exists,” Teron had.

On Thursday, the opposition Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) also opposed the move of the state government saying the amalgamation of HAD and BTR is against the 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

The 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India is for the administration of the hill areas and not the plains, ASDC said.

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