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AASU warns of stir against dams

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 20 � The All Assam Students' Union today warned a vigorous agitation against the pro-mega-dam stance of the Governments in the State as well as at the Centre.

The agitation will start with the hanging of the effigies of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and all Congress MPs from the State at the public places of the district headquarters.

The students' body has alleged in a statement that the Chief Minister of the State has resorted to double speak on the issue, while the Prime Minister, who represents the State, has remained calm on the issue and the MPs of the Congress have been lending support to the anti-Assam forces with their lack of concern towards the issue.

The Chief Minister has been lending support to the expert group's report on the one hand and speaking in favour of the mega dams on the other. The Chief Minister lacks the courage to place the recommendations of the expert group before the Central Government. He has surrendered to the mega-dam lobby, asserted the students' body.

Meanwhile, the Assam state council of the CPI has rejected the proposal of the Chief Minister for constitution of a new expert committee on the mega-dam issue and called for an all party meeting on the issue. The Chief Minister had announced at a press conference in New Delhi constitution of such an expert committee with the involvement of experts even from foreign countries.

The CPI state council has said in a statement that it has been supporting the recommendations of the House Committee of the State Assembly and the expert group as well. The expert group comprised the experts from Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, and the IIT, Guwahati.

The House Committee as well as the expert group submitted their reports to the State Government, said the party and urged the State as well as the Central Government to take appropriate actions in accordance with the recommendations made by the House Committee and the expert group at the earliest.

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AASU warns of stir against dams

GUWAHATI, Oct 20 � The All Assam Students' Union today warned a vigorous agitation against the pro-mega-dam stance of the Governments in the State as well as at the Centre.

The agitation will start with the hanging of the effigies of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and all Congress MPs from the State at the public places of the district headquarters.

The students' body has alleged in a statement that the Chief Minister of the State has resorted to double speak on the issue, while the Prime Minister, who represents the State, has remained calm on the issue and the MPs of the Congress have been lending support to the anti-Assam forces with their lack of concern towards the issue.

The Chief Minister has been lending support to the expert group's report on the one hand and speaking in favour of the mega dams on the other. The Chief Minister lacks the courage to place the recommendations of the expert group before the Central Government. He has surrendered to the mega-dam lobby, asserted the students' body.

Meanwhile, the Assam state council of the CPI has rejected the proposal of the Chief Minister for constitution of a new expert committee on the mega-dam issue and called for an all party meeting on the issue. The Chief Minister had announced at a press conference in New Delhi constitution of such an expert committee with the involvement of experts even from foreign countries.

The CPI state council has said in a statement that it has been supporting the recommendations of the House Committee of the State Assembly and the expert group as well. The expert group comprised the experts from Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, and the IIT, Guwahati.

The House Committee as well as the expert group submitted their reports to the State Government, said the party and urged the State as well as the Central Government to take appropriate actions in accordance with the recommendations made by the House Committee and the expert group at the earliest.