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State BJP to reach out to people
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Dec 3 – On the defensive over ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement, the State BJP is contemplating to brazen it out and go to the people to explain the positive aspects of the land swap deal. This was among some of the options being looked at after a strategy session between the seven MPs of the State and BJP national president, Amit Shah held here this evening. The meeting with Shah came about after a group of BJP MPs had a chance meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the Parliament House Office this morning.

 Modi commented that he was aware about the plight of the BJP in Assam after his announcement. He then suggested that the State MPs should meet the BJP national president for further discussion on the issue, sources said.

The Prime Minister had at a meeting of BJP workers on November 30 declared that the LBA would be in the interest of the people of the State. A day later, the Parliamentary Standing Committee endorsed the Agreement, which would be tabled in the Rajya Sabha in the form of a Constitution 119th Amendment Bill.

Meanwhile, sources said that in the ultimate analysis they are convinced that the deal would be in the interest of the people of the State because the authorities would be in a position to seal the highly porous border. Sacrificing 269 acres of land may not mean much given that vast tracts of land in Assam have been encroachment upon by illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The BJP is upset with All Assam Students Union (AASU) for its relentless campaign, stating that the people of Assam have to be told about the benefits of the LBA. “We cannot succumb to their pressure tactics,” sources said.

But the problem faced by the BJP leadership is how to counter AASU’s ongoing campaign and handle the situation politically, admitted sources.

“Assamese people are emotional but if we manage to explain the positive aspects of the deal they would appreciate our stand,” said an MP.

A zig-zag border cannot be sealed effectively hence the international border needs to be demarcated for effective sealing, he said.

The plan is to seal the border and erect two separate barricades 12 feet apart and to electrify the fences, said sources.

The BJP MPs said that they are likely to have a series of meetings with the top central leadership for a better understanding of the deal and to work out a strategy to tackle the situation.

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