As many as 22 dissident MLAs called on senior AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dr CP Joshi seperately in New Delhi on Wednesday where the recent Lok Sabha polls dominated the discussion.
Led by former minister Abdul Muhib Mazuddar, the dissidents have told media that they have not blamed it all on the leadership for the debacle.
But they were beleived to have expressed quite dissatisfaction over Tarun Gogoi as chief minister. They tried to convince the former Union health minister that if Gogoi is allowed to continue then the party will have to face the music in the assembly polls in 2016.
Azad is one of the 3-member panel set up to deal with the issue. CP Joshi and Motilal Vhora are two other members who would submit their findings before Sonia Gandhi by the first week of June.
The trio met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday and Monday during Gogoi’s brief visit to Delhi after offering to quit.
1 Jun 2008 - 4:17pm | editor
Despite a simmering situation along the Assam-Meghalaya border, Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has laid the foundation stone a Primary health centre at Langpih, a place in Kamrup district which is claimed by Meghalaya. The neighbouring state decided to maintain a wait and watch policy helping the area avoid a major clash.
Dr Sarma on Saturday along with his forest department counterpart Rockybul Hussain, AGP MLA Jyoti Prasad Das, youth Congress leader Rekibuddin Ahmed, Kamrup deputy Commissioner R C Jain, police superintendent Debojit Hazarika did it and not only that Dr Sarma announced a Rs 12 crore package for the development of the almost inaccessible area.
In his address, the minister said if the neighbouring state has any objection they should approach the judiciary and should not disturb others in implementing anything with its territory. A stunned Meghalaya Government has decide to maintain a wait-and-watch policey and this a major showdown was averted. Notably, the ministers’ convoy found it difficult to clear the road to Lengpih as it has some logs and uprooted trees placed to prevent the visit.
Notably, tension started running in the area as soon as the Assam Government announced a date for laying the foundation stone of a health centre in the backward area. A local organisation in Meghalaya was quick to greet health minister Dr Sarma with a 36 hour bandh and pledged to prevent him from doing it. The Donkuper Roy Government also joined the cry and sought the Centre’s intervention.
School and college students thronged in thousands in the district and sub divisional headquarters across the state demanding immediate distribution of textbooks in the schools.
With play cards in their hands, the students on Wednesday staged demonstration in front of the offices of the inspector of schools, deputy inspectors and block elementary education officers under the banner if All Assam Students Association raising the demand.
The protestors alleged that even after the end of the first month the government has not stepped up textbook distribution in the lower primary and high schools.
AASU leaders and students also joined the demonstration along with other parts of the states. The primary and high school students staged demonstrations in front of the office of the block elementary education officer demanding text books immediately.
Talking to Assam Times, local AASU leaderHazarika said, “the students must have got the text books on the day one of the calendar year. But the entire month is about to end and yet the government has failed to complete the distribution of text book. Isn't it a failure?”
Another local AASU leader Panjaj Hazarika blamed it all on education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for the failure. “Sarma is known for his lips service. He can only talks and does precious little. His education portfolio should be handed over to an efficient one,” said Hazarika.
“We have not received all textbooks. We don't want explanation and want only textbooks,” said Samudra Jyoti Bora, a Class IV student at a local lower primary school.
The state’s influential students’ body sent memorandums to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma outlining the demands.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty