GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has criticised political parties and non-political outfits in the State for suddenly going silent over the issue of big dams.
In a statement, AIUDF president and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal said that organisations and political parties which had earlier been very vocal regarding the issue of big dams have suddenly turned silent.
�Power generation is important for Assam to ensure development of industry, but it should not be at the cost of the people or the environment,� he said.
Ajmal said that in recent years many parties and outfits had launched various agitations against the government�s decision to go in for big dams in the Brahmaputra.
�However, now despite the fact that China has started work on big dams in the upstream of the Brahmaputra, there has been no reaction from such parties and outfits,� he said, adding that the AIUDF would continue to raise its voice on the matter.
The AIUDF supremo said that he has already called upon the Central government to take up the issue of construction of dams in the upstream of the Brahmaputra with the Chinese government. �The State government should also take a proactive stand on the issue,� Ajmal said.