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SC organisations demand reservation of assembly constituency in Upper Assam

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HT Correspondent
JORHAT, June 26:
 Several organisations representing the Scheduled Caste (SC) community in Assam have come together to demand the reservation of an assembly constituency in Upper Assam for SC candidates. This demand arises due to the proposed reclassification of the Dergaon assembly seat, which is currently reserved for SC candidates, according to the draft proposal released by the Election Commission (EC) for the delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Assam.

The publication of the EC’s draft proposal has sparked protests from opposition political parties and organisations regarding the redrawn constituencies. In response, a platform of SC bodies has been established to advocate for an SC reserved seat in Upper Assam.

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Amrit Pran Das, the general secretary of Anusuchit Jati Yuba Chatra Parishad, Asom, Jorhat district unit, informed that during a meeting, several SC bodies formed a committee called ‘Ujoni Asom Anusuchit Jati Samasti Sangrakshan Samiti’ with Jibon Chandra Hazarika as the president and Dipankar Das as the general secretary. The committee has decided to send memoranda to the EC and the chief minister, urging them to review the delimitation draft proposal and allocate a constituency as reserved for SC candidates in Upper Assam.
Das further stated that the meeting in Upper Assam demanded that the Dergaon constituency, which has a significant SC population, should continue to be reserved for SC candidates. Alternatively, they proposed reserving another seat in Upper Assam that has a sizable SC population.

The organisations involved in forming the committee include Anusuchit Jati Yuba Chatra Parishad, Asom, Sadou Asom Anusuchit Jati Chatra Sanstha, and Asom Anusuchit Jati Parishad.



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