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CM lying about BTAD: Ajmal

- AIUDF chief accuses Gogoi of misleading people

Guwahati, Dec. 2: The AIUDF today accused Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi of trying to mislead the country into believing that peace had returned to the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD).

AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal told reporters here today that they would move Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and request her to send an all-party delegation of the Parliament to visit the BTAD areas and expose Gogoi’s hollow claims.

Ajmal said the AIUDF would also write to Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi and ask him to send an all-party delegation to the BTAD.

“In view of the ensuing panchayat polls, the chief minister has involved himself in a nasty political game to eyewash the public into believing that most of the riot-hit people in the BTAD have been rehabilitated. The Congress is afraid of losing the panchayat polls owing to its inefficiency in handling the BTAD violence. The majority of victims have not gone back home. They are staying in groups for their own safety in different places of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts,” Ajmal said.

Dispur recently claimed that the process of rehabilitation in the BTAD was going very fast and more than four lakh riot victims had returned home. Last moth, Gogoi said around 36,000 people were yet to be rehabilitated.

“I just want to appeal to the non-Congress political parties, various organisations and the media to see the sub-human conditions in which the violence-hit people are spending their lives. Tarun Gogoi is telling lies and misleading people,” Ajmal said.

He alleged that the government had stopped the supply of food and other relief materials to the riot victims. With the onset of winter, these people require warm clothes, which they have not received yet, Ajmal said.

“If required we will move President Pranab Mukherjee and seek his intervention in the issue,” he added.