Gorkha demands constitutional Indigenous status says Assam Accord cutoff date not applicable to Gorkhas

Gorkha demands constitutional Indigenous status says Assam Accord cutoff date not applicable to Gorkhas

9th September Khanapra, Guwahati Assam: Gorkhafa Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC)  speaking at ‘Raithaney Gorkha Bhela’  reiterated only one demand that Gorkhas should  be recognized as  Indigenous community of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process like other communities of Assam without any discrimination and further added that Assam Accord cutoff date 24th March 1971 midnight cannot be not applicable to Gorkhas  because Gorkhas are ‘Son of the Soil’ and indigenous of the state. Gorkhas have been part of the Assam Agitation to drive out illegal Bangladeshi and Foreigners and laid down lives as one of the agitating community.’

Chetry questioned the Government of Assam,’How can a constituent community of Assam Agitation be charged with the paragraphs of the accord meant for illegal foreigners to be more specific Bangladeshis. It is hence not acceptable therefore Gorkhas should be recognized as indigenous community by Government of Assam. He made it loud and clear that the democratic, peaceful, nonviolent movements is not for mere demanding OI status in NRC and the  Gorkhas are in  favour of no single illegal migrants or foreigners name should be include in NRC and it should upgraded constitutionally.

Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman, GACDC Raithaney Gorkha Bhela organised by GACDC supported by several  Gorkha Ethnic Organisations demanding Indigenous status in Assam

More than 15,000 Gorkhas assembled at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela  organized by Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) with support from indigenous Gorkhas of Assam supported by 10 Gorkha  Ethnic Organizations namely Tamang, Limboo, Khambu Rai, Yakha Dewan, Khas, Bhujel, Thakuri, Mangar, Gurung and Newar  and a number of Non Government Organisations (NGOs). People supported the movement spontaneously and made it a people’s movement despite of obstructions from various quarters of the society. Admit very hot and humid weather the people thronged Khanapara for the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela.

On successful completion of 650km Marathon March – the foot long march rally  that had started from Murkong Selek at Jonai in Dhemaji District to Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati Assam from 19th July 2016 to 5th Aug 2016, the Government of Assam represented by its senior cabinet minister and president of Asom Gana Parishad- the regional political party of Assam born out of Assam agitation now an ally of BJP led Government of Assam had promised to hold talks with Chief minister of Assam Shri. Sarbanada Sonowal and his cabinet with in 20th Aug 2016 which failed miserably. A press conference was organized on 29th Aug 2016 at Guwahati Press Club to press the Government for talks but it again failed and GACDC declared the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela meaning Indigenous Gorkha Conclave at Khanapara, Guwahati Assam.

Today at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela –  GACDC Chairman threatened to ‘Fast Unto Death’ from 18th Oct 2015 if the demands are not met which are as follows tripartiate talks between GACDC, Assam Government and Government of India for indigenous status of Gorkhas in Assam and no discrimination in up-gradation of NRC process.

For more info please contact Harka Bahadur Chetry +919954568916 (D)
Digambar Chetri
Secreatary (Media Affairs)

Via Nanda Kirati Dewan

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