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Opposition sharpens knives

Guwahati, Dec. 9: The Assam Assembly’s winter session — commencing tomorrow — promises to be a stormy affair with Opposition parties preparing to corner the government on various issues like the BTAD violence and the recent spurt in animal poaching.

Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi convened an all-party meeting at his office this morning to ensure that the session, which ends on December 14, goes smoothly.

All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) legislator Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Qasimi said the BTAD violence and rehabilitation of riot-displaced people would be one of the main issues, which they would raise. The AIUDF will also demand ensuring safety and security of people living in the BTAD, he added.

“Another primary demand will be to stop the harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of detection and deportation of illegal migrants,” Qasimi said.

The AIUDF will also highlight the alleged involvement of Congress legislator Enamul Haque Laskar in a multicrore-rupee irrigation scam, he added.

AGP publicity secretary Manoj Saikia said party MLAs would target chief minister Tarun Gogoi for “misleading” the people on the land-swap deal with Bangladesh.

“The chief minister had claimed that Assam will gain land in the land-swap deal, but contrary to his claim, the reports of the central government have revealed that Assam will lose land to the neighbouring country because of the deal,” Saikia said.

“The documents of the central government related to the land-swap deal have made it clear that only West Bengal and Tripura will gain land from Bangladesh, not Assam,” the AGP leader said.

Saikia said the party would also raise issues like the BTAD violence and rehabilitation of riot-hit people, illegal influx from Bangladesh, price rise and rapid deterioration of law and order situation in the state.

“While raising the issue of deterioration of law and order, our party will focus on police inaction on the complaint lodged by family of irrigation department employee Mothur Chandra Nath that the Congress MLA Enamul Haque Laskar had abetted Nath’s suicide,” he added.

According to MLA Prasanta Phukan, the BJP will raise the land-swap deal with Bangladesh, updating the National Register of Citizens and rise in animal poaching in the state. The BJP will also raise the issue of LPG prices and demand increasing the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 per family a year. The party will also stress for ST status for six communities of the state.

A source in the Assembly said nine amendment bills are likely to be tabled in this session, which include four related to education, three related to revenue and one each of the finance and co-operation departments.