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Adequate compensation for Karbi victims: PM
K Anurag in Guwahati | April 02, 2006 18:26 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said promised 'adequate compensation' to all the victims of the Karbi Anglong violence, besides stability and development.
As many as 103 people were killed and about 75,000 rendered homeless during the violence that rocked the hill district between September and December.
Dr Singh, addressing an election rally at Donkamokam in Karbi Anglong on the second-day of his two-day electioneering in Assam, reiterated that only the Congress was in a position to form a stable government.
He said a stable government was an essential pre-requisite for rapid development in the state given that the opposition parties are divided.
He said, "Only the Congress can give Assam a stable government. The opposition in the state is divided, they do not have unity among themselves."
Dr Singh further said his party was committed to the overall development of the backward Karbi Anglong district.
"We will work for the rapid development of Karbi Anglong. I assure you that the Congress will provide all assistance to Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council."
In another rally at Tezpur, the hometown of Brindabon Goswami, the chief of the rival AGP, the prime minister highlighted the achievements of the Congress government in the state during the last five years.
He said the Congress would lay special emphasis on agriculture, education and health sectors in the state and assured that all the development initiative of the UPA government would be extended to all areas in the state.
In a clear message to the sizeable tea tribes population in northern Assam where election will be held in the second phase on April 10 next, Dr Singh pledged that the UPA government at the Centre and the state governments would work in tandem to reverse the fortunes of the ailing tea industry in the state.
Dr Singh repeated the commitments made during electioneering on Saturday to strive to solve insurgency and the problem of infiltration and called upon the 'misguided youth' to shun violence.