Great days of the neighborhood will come soon: Ananta Rai after satisfying HM

GUWAHATI: The self-styled king of the Koch-Rajbongshi, Ananta Rai, stated after fulfilling Union house minister Amit Shah on Thursday that great days of the community will come soon, meaning the possibility of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status being approved to the neighborhood in Assam.”Excellent days of the Koch-Rajbongshi community are coming quickly. Shah has guaranteed to solve all the pending issues,” Rai told media persons after Shah visited his house in Assam’s Chirang district and held a one-hour conversation in the run-up to the assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal.The Koch-Rajbongshi, together with 5 other communities in Assam, has long been demanding the ST status in the state.Rai, scion of the erstwhile royal family of Cooch Behar, heads a faction of the Greater Cooch Behar People’s Association (GCPA), which promotes a separate state or territory for the Koch-Rajbongshi in West Bengal. Judgment Trinamool Congress in West Bengal declares that the GCPA has raised a militia Narayani Sena, to understand its need of higher Cooch Behar state.When asked whether there was any conversation on a different state with Shah, Rai replied in the negative.Rai said he will not campaign ahead of the assembly surveys in Assam and West Bengal. “We are with the NDA and a project has actually already been done. The discussion with Shah was mostly political,” he said.The Koch-Rajbongshi neighborhood has a substantial population in the Lower Assam and adjoining West Bengal. The kingdom of Kochs was spread out across Assam and North Bengal.Across the seven districts of West Bengal, the GCPA has an advocate base of 1.85 million individuals. In Assam, the Koch-Rajbongshi community numbers more than 6.9 million, spread out across 15 districts, with primary concentration in Bongaigaon and Bodoland areas.Recently, the Assam federal government created an autonomous council for Rajbongshis under a state law. Throughout the demonstrations versus the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last year, the government had actually proposed the Kamtapur Autonomous Council.Shah was accompanied by the convenor of North East Democratic Alliance Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, BJP nationwide general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Cooch Behar BJP MP Nisith Pramanik.Koch-Rajbongshi organisations and the BJP typically declare that a great deal of individuals from the neighborhood were excluded in the last National Register of Citizens (NRC) prepared in 2019. The finallist, published on August 31, 2019, had discovered more than 31.1 million individuals eligible to be included in the computer system registry while overlooking over 1.9 million people.

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