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KMSS to take Cong head-on

Guwahati, Feb. 26: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which is facing criticism over Pranab Boro’s self-immolation, today said it would step up its campaign against the ruling Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections because of the government’s “discrimination” in land distribution.

“By giving land to selected people, the government is playing politics ahead of the elections and we will not allow this to happen. Our supporters living on the hills will not allow Congress leaders to organise election campaigns and meetings in their areas. We will soon step up our protests,” a KMSS leader today said.

Shouting anti-government slogans, thousands of people carried Boro’s body to his home on Gorchuk hill last night. The body was cremated in a crematorium close to the hill.

In a statement issued today, KMSS leader Mukut Deka said Boro’s adya shraddha would be performed at Gorchuk on March 9.

On Monday, Boro had set himself on fire in front of the state secretariat here to protest the Assam government’s alleged discrimination in distributing land pattas (deeds).

AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today criticised the administration’s inability to prevent Monday’s incident.

“Despite having information, the state government did not take any action to prevent the incident,” Mahanta said.

He also said the state government only decided to look after Boro’s family after being told to do so by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

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