Students and general people from Yobin community under the banner of the All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Students’ Union (AAPACSU) and All Yobin Students’ Union (AYSU) have launched an indefinite hunger strike here at Tennis Court, IG Park, demanding removal of Panchayati Raj Voting rights extended to the Ex-Assam rifle servicemen settled in the Vijoynagar in Changlang district on a lease basis.
They alleged that ” the rights are extended illegally, because there is no such constitutional provision for the ex-servicemen in the Panchayati system”.
They claimed that several memorandums, representations have been submitted to, district administration and state government, but yet the problem has not been addressed so far.
“Even several democratic movements have already been launched but the authority and government have failed to address their grievance and we are left with no option but to sit on indefinite hunger strike,” said Tana Ganesh Tara, President, AAPACSU.
He further added that they will continue to sit for a hunger strike until and unless the State government takes a necessary step for the interest of the people.
He said that more than 5000 voters have been enrolled in the Panchayati voter list of Changlang district alone and further claimed that the numbers are growing every year.
“Despite a repeated plea to many concerned authorities for deletion those names, till now no steps have been imitated rather more additions have been added,” he added.
Stating that the issue can be spread to the other districts as well, he questioned, “Who will take the responsibility later?”
He said that there are around 40 persons are on indefinite hunger strike and added that they will not back off until their demands are fulfilled.
Ngwazosa Yobin, President, AYSU said that “they are not against any community, and only fighting for what is their rights.
He said that they have no problem with the State government helping the ex-servicemen but at the same time said that help should be extended constitutionally without hurting the sentiments of the locals.
Stating that they have been demanding for years now, he alleged that the State government has not considered the issue seriously. He added that the action of the state government forced them to sit in hunger strike from today, reiterating that they will continue with their protest until and unless their demands are met.