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Assam: Opposition slams govt over insurgency
December 18, 2006 18:30 IST
Assam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad alleged on Monday that the Congress-led government in the state has totally failed to maintain law and order. It added that there was 'no sincerity' on the part of the central government to solve the insurgency problem of the state.
"Violence has become the order of the day. There has been total breakdown of law and order machinery in Assam," AGP president and Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Brindaban Goswami told reporters.
Goswami, who led 18 AGP legislators and two MPs at a dharna demanding immediate holding of peace talks with the ULFA, said, "Even Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi himself had admitted that his government failed to provide security to the people."
"Peace will not come to the troubled state without holding dialogue with the banned group. We appeal to both ULFA and the government to declare ceasefire," he said.
Goswami also demanded halting of ongoing army operations and repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958.
He sought to draw the attention of the central government to the plight of the state's farmers who were badly affected due to the severe drought this year.
"The centre has turned a blind eye towards the entire issue and has not taken any significant step to help the distresed farmers of Assam," he claimed.
Replying to a question, Goswami said considering the prevailing political situation, there was a possibility of formation of a non-Congress government in the state in near future.