GUWAHATI, Jan 12 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tody stated that forces supporting the illegal Bangladeshis were behind the recent ethnic clash between Garos and Rabhas on the Assam-Meghalaya border areas.
The party, demanding a high level inquiry into the violence, has also insisted on adequate security and compensation to bring back confidence in the affected people.
Addressing mediapersons here, Tapir Gao, national general secretary of the party, alleged that groups like the Garo Liberation Army which is in ceasefire, have been involved in the conflict and demanded of the authorities concerned to take stringent action against all the forces directly and indirectly responsible for the flare-up.
On the other hand slamming the Congress government in the State, Gao said that it has failed miserably to control this conflict situation between the two ethnic communities and so it should step down from power. He further castigated the Assam government for not undertaking adequate steps to provide relief to the families affected in the violence.
�The ruling Congress has failed in providing relief and in controlling the situation. As such it has no right to continue in power,� said Gao.
It needs to be mentioned here that a BJP delegation visited the strife torn areas yesterday and met the affected families sheltered in relief camps on both sides of the border. Gao who too was in the delegation said that more than 35,000 people were affected in this group clash. �On the Assam side of the border, there are 35 relief camps and on the Meghalaya side, there are 25 relief camps. The inmates in all these relief camps are facing immense hardship on account of inadequate supply of food, drinking water and medical provisions,� said Gao.
Observing that the divisive policy followed by the Congress has complicated politics in the State, Gao said that such an approach has incited ethnic groups living in harmony to spill blood.
The party has appealed to both the communities to exercise restraint and bring peace in greater interest of the country.