Akhil Gogoi called chief of newly-floated Raijor Dal
Party stated he would lead the celebration’s project for the upcoming Assembly elections from jail
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) consultant Akhil Gogoi. File.
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Party stated he would lead the celebration’s campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections from prison
Raijor Dal, a three-month-old political party formed by about 70 organisations, has called imprisoned peasants rights activist Akhil Gogoi as its president.
He will lead the party from the Central Jail in Guwahati, leaders of the celebration stated during the three-day conference of Raijor Dal that concluded in eastern Assam’s Moranhat on Saturday.
” The federal government is keeping Akhil Gogoi in jail due to the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Celebration leaders are afraid to face him in the electoral battlefield,” said the Dal’s working president Bhasco de Saikia.
The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasants’ rights organisation that Mr Gogoi had actually founded two years back, had actually taken the initiative of forming Raijor Dal in October 2020.
There are speculations about Raijor Dal connecting up with another new regional party, Assam Jatiya Parishad for the elections. But the previous’s leaders stated the choice has been kept in abeyance.
Mr Gogoi’s anointment as Raijor Dal president followed the rejection of his bail plea by the Gauhati High Court on January 7. He was jailed by the cops in December 2019 when the demonstrations in Assam against the Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA) had actually turned violent, declaring a minimum of five lives.
He was later on handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in an earlier case registered against him for alleged links with the CPI (Maoist). The NIA had charged him with sedition, intent to cause riot against nationwide combination, penalty for criminal conspiracy and illegal association under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the State federal government did not have any role in Mr Gogoi’s arrest. He also clarified that the NIA arrested him for his supposed links with the Maoists and not for fomenting violence throughout the anti-CAA protests.
” The NIA discussed in its charge-sheet that he (Mr Gogoi) had tried to perform activities in Assam at the request of the CPI (Maoist) after getting some KMSS members trained at its camps,” Dr Sarma said.
The elections to the 126- member Assam Assembly are expected by May.
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