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Congress attacks BJP, ‘anti-talk faction’ of ULFA in Assam
Published on 9 Apr. 2011 12:11 AM IST
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Sonia attacks BJP over Bangladeshi infiltration issue

GUWAHATI, APR 8: Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the party that is now raising the bogey of Bangladeshi infiltration in Assam did nothing to check the influx during its regime.
“The BJP was in power at the centre and during their regime they did literally nothing to check infiltration from Bangladesh and now during the elections here, the same party is shouting from rooftops about the danger from Bangladeshis,” Gandhi told an election rally in Guwahati, Assam’s major city.
“It is the Congress government both in Assam and at the centre that is taking steps to check influx.”
Gandhi addressed another election rally in the western town of Dhubri and urged the people of Assam to give the Congress a third chance to rule the state.
“The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the BJP have been carrying out a slanderous campaign in Assam, but let me tell you they did nothing for the people of Assam and only made false promises,” Gandhi said in Dhubri.
“What did the BJP-led government at the centre do in Assam and during that time the AGP was in power in the state. I challenge both the AGP and the BJP to clarify what they did for Assam during their regime.”
Gandhi’s fiery speech was hailed with thunderous applause in both the rallies.
“I am appealing for votes on the basis of the good governance and overall development in Assam during the last 10 years of Congress government,” the Congress president said.
“And I am more than confident that the Congress would make a political hat-trick in Assam.”
Paresh Baruah should be roped in for talks: Chidambaram
Union Home Minster P Chidambaram on Friday said that anti-talk faction of the ULFA led by its ‘military chief’ Paresh Baruah should be roped in for negotiations.
“Paresh Baruah is neither in Bangladesh nor Myanmar and we in the government seriously do not know where he is.
But he should be in the (peace) process,” he told reporters at the state Congress headquarters here.
“I urge the people of Assam to vote for peace as the peace process initiated by the Congress government of Tarun Gogoi has yielded positive results,” he said.
The home minister claimed that there had been a dramatic turnaround in the law-and-order situation in Assam and almost every insurgent faction is in the negotiation mode. “This is encouraging and the peace process should not be interrupted.
“The greatest satisfaction is that there has been a decline in violence of late,” he said, adding that the ULFA pro-talk faction under the group’s ‘chairman’ Arabinda
Rajkhowa has already held a preliminary round of talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Complimenting the government for all round development in the state, he said that during the erstwhile AGP regime the exchequer was nil.
“The state has made substantial gains in terms of financial development and the state government employees are getting salaries on time... Assam is on the development path and is the fastest growing state in the country. I congratulate the Tarun Gogoi government for this,” he said.
The party hoped to emerge as the single largest majority party in Assam and form the next government, he said.
On the issue of corruption raised by Opposition BJP and AGP, he said in the event of Congress returning to power it would ask CBI to probe all financial scandals of the state.

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