Guwahati: Six tribes living in Assam have called a statewide bandh on November 15 to press their demand for Scheduled Tribe status.
The bandh group was called by the Soy Janagosthi Joutha Mancha, a confederation of six ethnic groups – Adivasi, Chutia, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran and Tai-Ahom.
The reason behind the bandh call, the forum said, is that it has attracted BJP-led by the governments of Assam and the Center that it was “playing with the sentiments of the six communities” without giving ST status.
The forum also decided to organize a ‘dharna’ in Delhi on November 30.
Meanwhile, Assam Adivasi Sanmilan (AAS) has urged Soy Janagosthi Joutho Mancha to call off the bandh as the birth anniversary of Adivasi hero Birsa Munda falls on that day.
“Birsa Munda rebelled against the British in the 18th century and the hero’s birth anniversary has been given the status of Gaurav Divas,” AAS general secretary David Horo said.
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