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'Assam cannot take burden of Hindu Bangladeshis'


NAGAON, Oct 31 - Assam cannot take any additional burden of foreign nationals, including Hindu Bangladeshis.

The above was stated by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who was a signatory of the Assam Accord, while addressing mediapersons here today.

However, Mahanta cleared his stand that he was not against Bengali Hindus. Mamata Banerjee and Manik Sarkar � both are Bengali Hindu CMs of our neighbouring States, have not agreed to give shelter to Hindu Bangladeshi nationals. If they have not been labelled as anti-Hindu, then why me alone, he questioned.

A section of vested interested persons were trying to create a conflict between Assamese and Bengalis in Assam, Mahanta added. He demanded total implementation of the Assam Accord for the safeguard of the indigenous people as well as our language and culture.

Commenting on the recent remark of Central Minister Rajen Gohain, Mahanta said that he did not need any certificate from a person like Rajen Gohain to remain in politics. It is unfortunate that a person like Gohain is occupying a ministerial berth in Delhi, he said.

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