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Sangram Committee gears up for 12 hour Barak bandh

SILCHAR, September 22: The members of Silchar Lumding Broad Gauge Rupayan Sangram Committee have geared up for the 12 hour bandh called in protest against the undue delay of uni–gauge conversion project. The bandh has received an overwhelming response from all the quarters including political parties.
Addressing a press meet held here today at the Madhyasahar Sanskritik Samiti’s hall, Arunangshu Bhattacharjee, convener, Karimganj unit of the Sangram Committee, said that they were receiving good responses from the people across the valley in favour of the bandh. He added that people are fed up with the “fake” assurances of the political leaders regarding the completion of broad–gauge.
He said that the target date of this BG track has been changing with the passage of time. He added to say that the government has been taking the help of different ploys to hoodwink the people of this valley for the last one decade. “After all the hurdles of land acquisition and insurgency, the project has been dragging its feet year after year with new promises and assurances about which people are no more convinced,” he added.
Meanwhile, the call of bandh by Sangram Committee has received an overwhelming response from different social and political organizations. The two main opposition parties in Assam– BJP and AIUDF– have already announced their moral support for the cause. Among other social organizations, which have extended their support, are Nagarik Sartharaksha Sangram Parishad, AIUDSF, Silchar Adinath Samaj Suraksha Sangstha, AAMSU, Swabhiman Trust, Aam Admi Party, Sammilitho Sanskritik Mancha, Janajagaran Mancha, Hailakandi and Karimganj Bar Libraries, Hindibhasi Chatra Yuva Parishad.
However, Arunangshu Bhattacharjee expressing his heartfelt thanks to all the organizations for their support said that the organizations should not provide their support just keeping the next year’s parliamentary elections in mind. It is an issue, which connects with the overall development of the valley.
Moreover, the Broad–gauge Sangram Committee of Tripura will also give moral support to Barak bandh by staging a sit–in demonstration at Agartala railway station on September 24.
According to him, Ajoy Roy, convener of Cachar unit, every citizen of the southernmost river valley should observe the strike as the issue BG is connected to everyone. He requested the people to come forward willingly to make this strike a grand success.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sangram Committee has been continuously crusading for the speedy completion of the much–awaited venture. It was on June 16, the second mass convention was held at Karimganj where the decision to observe the Barak bandh on September 24 was taken. After the convention, a series of protest programmes held under the leadership of Sangram Committee which had also laid siege to the residences of three State ministers from Barak Valley namely Gautam Roy, Minister of PHE, Siddique Ahmed, Minister of Border Area Development, and Ajit Singh, Minister of Excise and Sports for their intriguing silence in the issue. (Source:SentinelAssam)