AAGSU Demanded Gorkha Candidates in Assam Election 2016
The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) the influential apex students and youth organization of the Gorkhas of Assam demanded 15 Gorkha dominated Legislative Assembly constituencies in the forthcoming Assam Bidhan Sabha Elections from any political party endorsing its basic demand of Gorkha Autonomus Council (GAC) in Assam to get support in 65 constituencies where Gorkhas are deciding factor. This was stated by AAGSU president Prem Tamang in a press conference at Gauhati Press Club on Wednesday.
Elaborating his statement Tamang further added, ‘Any political party who gives Gorkha candidature in the following constituencies namely Margheritha, Digboi, Sadiya, Sootea, Nawboicha, Bihali, Borsola, Mazbat, Tamulpur, Sarupathar, Duliajan, Tezpur, Tingkhang, Rangapara, and Gohpur will get support from AAGSU and the Gorkhas of the state. Besides the following Gorkha dominated constituencies, 35 lakhs scattered Gorkhas are deciding factor in 65 constituencies of the state and AAGSU will take a stand in this election for Gorkha Autonomus Council. Gorkhas previously had 2 cabinet ministers and 4 MLAs in the Assam Legislative Assembly and currently 2 MLAs and one Parliamentary Secretary in Govt. of Assam.
Addressing the press conference Central Executive Member (CEM) of AAGSU Nanda Kirati Dewan said that the AAGSU’s marathon central executive meeting and Extended Executive Meeting were held on Monday and Tuesday respectively to decided on political stand of Gorkhas of state where unanimously, it was resolved to demand Gorkha candidature in 15 constituencies in Assam. ‘Gorkhas of Assam won’t vote for any Party but for Gorkha candidates across the state, any political party putting up Gorkha candidate will get AAGSU support in that constituency’, Dewan added.
AAGSU reiterated its stand on up-gradation of NRC and on going verification that no genuine Indian Gorkha who has applied for NRC should be left out under any circumstances. The press meet was attended by General Secretary I/C Sanjib Chowhan, Vice President Sunil Chetri, publicity secretary Raj Newar, Executive Member Mohendra Rai and Sonitpur and Tinsukia Dist. President Sanjiv Chetry and Numal Chetry respectively.