BJP trying to secure Assam for indigenous communities: Himanta

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DIPHU, Jan 25: Coming down heavily on the critics and protesters of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Assam finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Friday said that BJP-led government is trying to secure Assam for the indigenous communities of the state.

“You have tried to give away Assam to someone. But we want that Assam should remain in our hands forever. Let it remain in the hands of the Karbis, the Dimasa, Bodo, Rabha, Sonowal, Mising, Kalita and Sarma. We are trying to secure Assam for the indigenous,” Sarma said addressing BJP’s Vijay Utsav at Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) Stadium at Chutianala here on Friday.

“Nowadays, there is a new phenomena. Whenever I give speech, some people behave like freshly caught fishes and vigorously wriggle about, they keep jumping about in TV and say ‘why has he said that, how can he say that?’ No need to jump about. Try to know the reason. In which law is it written that after 2014 someone will come?” the minister said.

Sarma also said, “Did the people who are agitating against the Citizenship Bill even read it? Do they know anything what is in it? They did not read it. They have just carried out propaganda that there will be a deluge of foreigners.”

“Are people crazy that they will just get up and come to settle here? They said 1.5 crore foreigners will come. Is there even enough trucks and buses for bringing in 1.5 crore people? They have got nothing to say but to carry out false propaganda,” Sarma further said.

“We don’t want a change like Barpeta district, where Assamese cannot stay. We do not want a change like Dhubri or Goalpara, from where Assamese people have to flee. We do not want a change like Hojai and Jamunamukh, where our mothers cannot even walk on the streets. We don’t want such changes in Karbi Anglong,” the minister also said.

The minister also assured to carry out various infrastructure development programme, especially improvement of road connectivity of the hill district with neighbours.

In his address, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) chief executive member (CEM), Tuliram Ronghang said that it is the BJP-led government that has given funds for development.

“During the last 15 year rule of Congress, there was no special package worth a single pie. Immediately after the BJP-led government came to the power, Himanta Biswa Sarma took us to Delhi to have a discussion with Prime Minister on our grievances. This was followed by sanctioning of Rs. 94.11 crore by the Centre to Karbi Anglong,” he said.

In the programme, all newly-elected ward commissioners were felicitated. Independent candidate Rustom Tokbi and Congress candidate Sagar Chetri, MACs D Uphing Maslai and Richard Tokbi joined the BJP in the programme.

Earlier, Sarma unveiled the statue of Karbi legendary hero Thong Nokbe and Karbi totem pole- Jambili Athon in Diphu town proper and inaugurated Arboretum cum Craft Centre here.

EMs and MAC, Pradesh BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia, East Karbi Anglong BJP president Ratan Teron and former MLA Bidya Sing Engleng were also present in the programme.

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