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AGP, BJP raise issue in RS

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NEW DELHI, Dec 20 � Continuing its tirade, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) while seeking a clarification on the alleged links between a State Cabinet minister and outlawed ULFA, called for initiation of action against him.

The controversy figured in the Rajya Sabha, when AGP MP Kumar Deepak Das moved a Special Mention. The House witnessed some interruptions after some BJP MPs joining the issue sought a response from the Government, claiming that it was a serious matter.

Deputy Chairman, K Rehman Khan, who was on the chair, said that the notice was allowed because it was a serious issue. �Because of the seriousness of the issue it was admitted,� he remarked.

Several BJP MPs, including Balbir Punj, Naresh Agarwal, Chandan Mitra, besides AGP MP Biren Baishya, were seen protesting the Government�s silence. Bhubaneswar Kalita of the Congress was the lone MP from the State, who stood up to challenge the Opposition stating that Zero Hour was not the time to raise these issues.

Earlier, Kumar Deepak Das, referring to ULFA�s press release of December 13, said that a Cabinet Minister of the State of Assam is a member of political wing of ULFA. But he was forced to leave the outfit because he lacked the knowledge of revolution.

Prior to the ULFA�s declaration, the position was something different. Earlier, this was an allegation because on a number of occasions the allegation was raised by various organisations in the State, he claimed.

During the National Games of 2004, it came to light that a member of Assam Cabinet had links with the outfit. Now with the declaration made by ULFA, the situation is different. The declaration has shocked the people of the State, he asserted.

Claiming that almost all the organisations and the public in general can verify the authenticity of the allegations, he contended that the allegation has now proved to be true with the assertion of the militant outfit.

Das urged the Home Minister to come out with a specific statement on the issue to clarify the position, suggesting that if needed, an inquiry by a competent and independent authority may be ordered.

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NEW DELHI, Dec 20 � Continuing its tirade, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) while seeking a clarification on the alleged links between a State Cabinet minister and outlawed ULFA, called for initiation of action against him.

The controversy figured in the Rajya Sabha, when AGP MP Kumar Deepak Das moved a Special Mention. The House witnessed some interruptions after some BJP MPs joining the issue sought a response from the Government, claiming that it was a serious matter.

Deputy Chairman, K Rehman Khan, who was on the chair, said that the notice was allowed because it was a serious issue. �Because of the seriousness of the issue it was admitted,� he remarked.

Several BJP MPs, including Balbir Punj, Naresh Agarwal, Chandan Mitra, besides AGP MP Biren Baishya, were seen protesting the Government�s silence. Bhubaneswar Kalita of the Congress was the lone MP from the State, who stood up to challenge the Opposition stating that Zero Hour was not the time to raise these issues.

Earlier, Kumar Deepak Das, referring to ULFA�s press release of December 13, said that a Cabinet Minister of the State of Assam is a member of political wing of ULFA. But he was forced to leave the outfit because he lacked the knowledge of revolution.

Prior to the ULFA�s declaration, the position was something different. Earlier, this was an allegation because on a number of occasions the allegation was raised by various organisations in the State, he claimed.

During the National Games of 2004, it came to light that a member of Assam Cabinet had links with the outfit. Now with the declaration made by ULFA, the situation is different. The declaration has shocked the people of the State, he asserted.

Claiming that almost all the organisations and the public in general can verify the authenticity of the allegations, he contended that the allegation has now proved to be true with the assertion of the militant outfit.

Das urged the Home Minister to come out with a specific statement on the issue to clarify the position, suggesting that if needed, an inquiry by a competent and independent authority may be ordered.

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