Protests in Assam getting louder against likely inclusion of its territory in ‘Greater Nagalim’
Protests in Assam are getting louder by the day against the likelihood of large tracts of the state’s territory getting included in ‘Greater #Nagalim’ once the Centre signs a final agreement with the NSCN(IM).
While the opposition #Congress partry has held a series of protest meetings in areas bordering Nagaland in Sivasagar, Jorhat and #Golaghat districts in the past few days, the All #Assam Students’ Union (AASU), #Asom Jatiyabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All #Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and other groups have warned chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal against not taking timely steps to protect the state’s territory.
The NSCN(IM), which has reached the final stage of a negotiated settlement with New #Delhi, parties and groups in Assam fear that the Centre would cede to its demand for inclusion of large tracts of Assam territory in ‘Greater Nagalim’, in which it wants “all Naga-inhabited areas” of the region covered. Over 66,000 hectare of Assam territory has been under encroachment of Nagaland, with the two states fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court over final ownership of the land.
The Congress party in Assam has alleged that the #BJP-led government of Sarbananda #Sonowal had failed to assert itself before the Centre to protect the state’e territory and free the 66,000 hectare tract currently under Nagaland’s encroachment. “The state government has failed to convene a special session of the #state assembly to discuss the issue and take a strong stand for protecting its land,” Debabrata Saikia, leader of the #Opposition said.
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