Second anti-CAA political front soon in Assam

GUWAHATI: Assam may soon see a new regional political party, the second in two months, even as two more political fronts are in the process of making. All these fronts have one thing in common: they were born after the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement that had crippled the BJP-led state government a few months back.

Barely two months after Rajya Sabha MP Ajit KumarBhuyan took the lead to float Anchalik Gana Morcha, a united political front of regional parties, noted filmmaker Jahnu Barua and eminent lawyer ArupBorbora, Arup Borbora — who was a member of the People’s

Consultative Group nominated by the banned United Liberation Front of Asom to facilitate direct talks between ULFA and government of India — are set to launch a new regional party from its forum Anchalikatabad Suraksha Mancha (ASM). A formal announcement in this regard is likely to be made in Tezpur on Wednesday, after a day long convention was held at the northern Assam town on Tuesday.

From around 25 districts, the ASM representatives had put forth their stand on formation of the party involving all tribes and communities of Assam.

“We will have no objections in joining hands with political parties with whom our ideology matches. Concerted effort will definitely be there to unite,” Borbora said. He, however, said that they have resolved to oust “autocratic, stubborn, Hinduttva-Supreme and corrupt” BJP from power.

Political analyst and professor of political science at Gauhati University, Akhil Ranjan Dutta said so many regional outfits with political ambitions are being mulled, but their objective is not yet clear. He said the formation of so many regional fronts, who were part of anti-CAA, has virtually dismantled the unity achieved during the anti-CAA movement. “Anti-CAA movement at points brought some unity, now the formation of all these regional political parties has dismantled it,” he added.

“Failure on the part of the greater civil society, who have been claiming that they uphold the regional aspirations of the people of Assam, to come together, and form some federal unity will be detrimental to the cause,” Dutta said.

The regional aspirations, he said, were marked by the aspirations for control over state’s resources, defending NRC and protests against CAA.

Source: Times of India

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