GUWAHATI, Aug 17 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh on Tuesday dubbed Dr Bhumidhar Barman who is in charge of the ministry of Assam Accord implementation as the enemy of the State and demanded his resignation and a public apology from him for his alleged failure in implementing the crucial clauses of the Assam Accord including Clause No 5.8 and 6.
Asserting that Dr Barman is mainly responsible for non-implementation of some of the major clauses of the Assam Accord, spokesperson of the BJP Dr Pradip Thakuria said that since 2001 Dr Barman’s department has been indulging in wasteful expenditure at the cost of the exchequer. “The inefficiency of Dr Barman can be gauged from the fact that for expulsion of one Bangladeshi his department has spend Rs 23.46 lakh,” said Dr Thakuria addressing media persons here.
The party also accused that the Congress government has ignored Clause no 6 of the Assam Accord which says that necessary constitutional and administrative steps should be taken to preserve and promote the socio cultural and linguistic identity of the people of Assam.
“The Bangladeshis have encroached on the Sattra land and other religious places. As per the provision of the Assam Accord, Dr Bhumidhar Barman’s department should have undertaken the required steps to protect the Sattra land but nothing has been done,” said Dr Thakuria pointing out that Bangladeshis were present in most of the Sattras including Patbaushi, Sundaridiya, and Ghilajhari. “The residence of the Sattradhikar of Kuwaikota Sattra is occupied now by a dubious citizen,” alleged Dr Thakuria. It needs to be mentioned here that Kuwaikota Sattra is in Morigaon, the birthplace of Damodardev.
Demanding that a State level convention of all political and non political organizations, intellectuals and academicians should be called to define Assamese, Dr Thakuria said this step is the need of the hour.
On the other hand, Dr Thakuria said that the Congress has been playing a dirty political game in regard to the implementation of the Assam Accord and has carried the game further by suspending the pilot project of NRC update in Barpeta and Chaygaon revenue circles. “The Congress government suspended the pilot project on the basis of an untruth,” he said adding that there is no flaw in the NRC form as claimed by the AAMSU.
Making it clear that the BJP would never compromise on the issue of NRC and Bangladeshis, Dr Thakuria informed that the party has decided to take up a series of agitational programmes on August 23 and 27 to highlight the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration and encroachment of Sattra land. The party will also organize five rallies in different parts of the State.
On September 7, BJP’s young leader Varun Gandhi will be in Guwahati to adopt a strategy for the State BJP that is gearing up for the Assembly elections.