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�Assam alone cannot accommodate migrants�

By Correspondent

BONGAIGAON, Jan 11 - �Assam cannot accommodate the illegal migrants any more. If the Centre wants to adopt a section of migrants, States other than Assam should share this responsibility equally.�

Brindaban Goswami, former president of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), said this addressing a gathering at a meeting of Bongaigaon district unit of the Asom Yuba Parishad at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon on Sunday.

Goswami, the chief guest at the meeting, asked the Centre to work out a �national policy� to adopt those particular migrants whom it considers as the victims of religious persecution.

The State took the burden of 40,000 Hindu-Bengali refugee families from Bangladesh in 1955. Among them, 30,000 families were rehabilitated. The rest 10,000 families are still landless and seeking rehabilitation, Goswami said, adding that the State is unable to provide lands to those 90,000 families of the indigenous communities who have been displaced by river erosion and flood. So, if in such a situation, the State goes to adopt more migrants, the permanent settlers have to leave their residences, Goswami said.

On the likely alliance of the regional party with the AGP and the BJP, Goswami said that his party, which has no high command like some national political parties, follows the opinion of its grassroot workers and the mass. Hence without taking the opinion of the workers, the party cannot take such step, Goswami added.

�Bongaigaon Assembly, the citadel of AGP, has been intact despite several attempts by Opposition parties to hurt it. Hope, this time too our candidate and the sitting legislator, Phani Bhusan Chaudhury would win the seat like in the past terms,� said Bijay Singha, president of Bongaigaon district unit of the AGP.

�No charge of even a single rupee corruption has been levelled against local AGP legislator Phani Bhusan Choudhury yet, but the Bongaigaon district unit of the BJP is going to project a candidate for Bongaigaon seat who has been quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the chit fund scam,� said Sanku Ghose Dostidar, vice-president of Bongaigaon district unit of the AGP.

The Central leader of Asom Yuba Parishad, Gunamoni Bhuyan, said in his address that only the AGP can save the State and its resources.

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