The Convening Committee for Unification (CCU) has called for 10-hour Karbi Anglong bandh on February 13 in protest against the proposed merger of Hill Area Development (HAD) department and Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

In a press conference held at the office of the District Press Club of Karbi Anglong (DPCK) in Diphu, the leaders of the CCU, Saising Rongpi, Kharsing Teron and Rabindra Rongpi said the bandh will be effective from 5 am to 3 pm.

CCU leader Kharsing Teron 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, economical, cultural and linguistic. The disparity still exists,” said Teron.

The CCU does not have a president or a general secretary.

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 the not the plains, ASDC said.

On Thursday, the Assam Cabinet, chaired by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal approved the establishment of Bodoland and 6th Schedule Areas Administrative StaffCollege.

Nongee Terang

Nongee Terang is Northeast Now Correspondent in Diphu. He can be reached at: nongee.terang@gmail.com