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Chief advisor to All BTC Bengali Youth Students Federation (ABBYSF), Shyamal Sarkar speaking on the ocassion at Dimakuchi in Udalguri district on March 14, 2019. Image: Northeast Now

Bengali Hindus are an integral part of the state of Assam and have greatly contributed to the formation of greater Assamese society.

The community boast of the fact that ‘we are Assamese speaking Bengalis’ who have assimilated and embraced the tradition, language, culture, food habits of the Assamese society.

This was observed by chief advisor to All BTC Bengali Youth Students Federation (ABBYSF), Shyamal Sarkar at Durga Mandir playground premises of Dimakuchi in Udalguri district on Thursday.

Speaking at the open session of eighth and 10th joint biennial conference of Udalguri district chapter of ABBYSF and Dimakuchi unit ABBYSF, the student leader lamented that in recent times, a section of intellectuals and self-styled leaders have put every best efforts to harass and hound the genuine Bengali Hindu citizens in the name of foreigners who have been living since decades just for the sake of their vested interests and politics of appeasement.

“Their have been spate of suicidal deaths by genuine citizens due to the alleged harassment by authorities in name of NRC notice, D-Voter notice. The detrimental policies of the government have forced the poverty stricken semi-literate Bengali Hindus end up their life,” Sarkar said.

Coming down heavily at the regional party, AGP which snapped its ties with the BJP over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and now have come in re-alliance, Sarkar dubbed it as a political gimmick.

He also exhorted the State Government to release the Hindu Bengali citizens who have been languishing in detention camps due to lack of legal aid and also appealed the government for ending the D-voter issue.

The meet, presided over by student leader, Sujit Sarkar was attended as chief guest by national president of the All Bangali Youth and Students’ Organisations (ABYSO ), Chandan Chatterjee.

Speaking on the occasion, Chatterjee lamented that Bengali Hindus are never foreigners or outsiders in India. Bengali Hindus have not only contributed to the freedom struggle but have also laid down their life in the freedom movement.

The event was attended by host of dignitaries including Paneri MLA, Kamali Basumatari; Rajya Sabha MP, Santiuse Kujur; BTC deputy Speaker, Nerswn Boro among others.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com

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