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SUCI protests move to form Upper House

Dhubri, Dec. 9: The district unit of the SUCI staged a demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner’s office today against the government’s move to form the Legislative Council or Upper House.

A bill creating the Legislative Council could be passed in the winter session of Parliament.

Nearly 500 members took out a procession in the town shouting slogans against the “anti-people” initiative of the government.

In a protest meeting held in front of deputy commissioner’s office, former SUCI legislator Dewan Joynal Abedin said by forming the Upper House the state government would satisfy the disgruntled senior party members at the cost of state exchequer. “What compelled the government to prepare the draft so hurriedly to enact the legislation for the formation of the Upper House when the government is unable to pay the outstanding salaries of its employees?” asked Abedin.

“Of the 28 states in the country, there are only seven Upper Houses, the rest have rejected the concept as it failed to serve any purpose. But the Assam government is going to form the Upper House with 42 members, which will be an additional burden on the exchequer,” he said.

The SUCI leader said of the 42 members, the governor would nominate 14, the Assembly would nominate 14 and rest by panchayat and civic bodies.

“Since the Congress has a maximum number of legislators in the Assembly, the members having inclination to the party would be nominated. While the 14 names to be forwarded to governor for nomination would certainly be from the party’s favourites and there would be no exception in appointment of the rest of 14 members too,” he added.

A delegation of the party, led by Abedin, submitted a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi through Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita.