Guwahati: Soy Janagosthi Joutha Mancha (Six Tribes Joint Platform) has called for a 12-hour Assam Bandh on Tuesday (November 15) to press their demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Soy Janagosthi Joutha Mancha is a confederation of six ethnic groups – Adivasi, Chutia, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran and Tai-Ahom.
Coming down heavily on the BJP-led states of Assam and the Center for “playing on the sentiments of the six communities”, the assembly called for a bandh.
It also decided to organize a ‘dharna’ in Delhi on November 30.
On the other hand, Assam Adivasi Sanmilan (AAS) has urged Soy Janagosthi Joutho Mancha to call off the assam bandh called in view of the fact that Adivasi hero Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary falls on that day.
AAS general secretary David Horo said that Birsa Munda rebelled against British rule in the 18th century and the hero’s birth anniversary was given the status of ‘Gaurav Divas’. The event was also observed in Assam, he said.
Horo said that AAS fully supports the demand presented by Soy Janagosthi Joutho Mancha.
“However, the Assam bandh call on November 15 should be withdrawn from the point of view of Gaurav Divas,” he said.