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Cong, AIUDF stage walkout in House

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 22 - The Opposition Congress and the AIUDF today staged a walkout in the Assam Legislative Assembly after Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami disallowed an adjournment motion to discuss the special powers given to the Assam Rifles in five North Eastern States including Assam.

The special powers conveyed through a Central Government notification � which was put on hold today following objection by Manipur and Nagaland � include the permission to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Legislators of the Congress, AIUDF and the AGP argued that the issue was of utmost public importance, and that it was fit to be discussed through an adjournment motion by all means.

While the State Government expressed its willingness to discuss the issue and clear its stand, the Speaker said that the matter could be discussed through another device rather than an adjournment motion.

�Since we have two more days of this Session left, and since both the Government and the Opposition are willing to have a discussion on the matter, it could be discussed through another means. Moreover, since the notification in question has been issued by the Central Government, a minister of the State Government cannot take the responsibility,� Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said, giving his ruling against the motion.

While bringing the adjournment motion, Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that such special powers to security forces would not only jeopardize the freedom of movement of citizens, but would also tantamount to introducing an undeclared emergency.

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Cong, AIUDF stage walkout in House

GUWAHATI, Feb 22 - The Opposition Congress and the AIUDF today staged a walkout in the Assam Legislative Assembly after Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami disallowed an adjournment motion to discuss the special powers given to the Assam Rifles in five North Eastern States including Assam.

The special powers conveyed through a Central Government notification � which was put on hold today following objection by Manipur and Nagaland � include the permission to arrest anyone and search a place without warrant in the border districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Legislators of the Congress, AIUDF and the AGP argued that the issue was of utmost public importance, and that it was fit to be discussed through an adjournment motion by all means.

While the State Government expressed its willingness to discuss the issue and clear its stand, the Speaker said that the matter could be discussed through another device rather than an adjournment motion.

�Since we have two more days of this Session left, and since both the Government and the Opposition are willing to have a discussion on the matter, it could be discussed through another means. Moreover, since the notification in question has been issued by the Central Government, a minister of the State Government cannot take the responsibility,� Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said, giving his ruling against the motion.

While bringing the adjournment motion, Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that such special powers to security forces would not only jeopardize the freedom of movement of citizens, but would also tantamount to introducing an undeclared emergency.

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