The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) is set to hit the streets with its ‘Jan Jagaran’ (mass awareness) programmes against what it called ‘false campaign’ about National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Daribhit school firing issue, ‘exorbitant’ power tariff, and to highlight the significance of the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed under Articles 370 and 35A.
“The NRC exercise is being conducted under the monitoring of the Supreme Court, and the party has no involvement in the process. However, we also do not completely agree with all the parameters set, but we believe that it has to be implemented in the entire country, as a huge number of Bangladeshi infiltrators have sneaked into the country and are enjoying benefits through the governmentsponsored social development schemes. False campaigns are being spread on the issue. It is being said that following the NRC, Hindu Bengali refugees will be driven out, but it is not true. In order to make people know what NRC is all about and to spread the word that genuine citizens need not worry, we will take to the streets,” state BJYM president Debajit Sarkar said in Siliguri yesterday.
Mr Sarkar also made it clear that they would continue to highlight the Daribhit firing incident as a key issue. “Movement related to Daribhit has shaken the political structure in the state and its results went in favour of the BJP in north Bengal. Two students were killed in police firing, and the BJP had been carrying out protest movements seeking justice. In view of this, we have called for a ‘Daribhit Cholo’ programme on 20 September. We will organise a public meeting on that day. The BJYM will organise campaigns for the programme from 15 September across the state,” he added.
Two students were killed when police allegedly opened fire on a group of students and their guardians when they were protesting the appointment of teachers for inconsequential subjects and demanding teachers for more important subjects in the Daribhit High School in Islampur in North Dinajpur district on 20 September last year. Family members, Daribhit people and the BJP have been demanding CBI probe into the incident. The police have, however, denied it opened fire. Mr Sarkar said the three-day state conference of the youth wing of the BJP will also be held in north Bengal this year.
According to him, they will take up protest programmes against ‘high’ electricity tariffs. He added that they will also organise programmes like meetings and seminar on the repealing of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. “We will hold the ‘an Jagaran’ with those programmes,” he added.