SILCHAR, Sept 10 - Former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Kabindra Purakayastha has slammed the Congress party, and leaders from Barak Valley in particular for dishing out comments against Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the issue of National Register of Citizens(NRC).
Talking to reporters on Sunday at the party office here, the octogenarian BJP leader said, �the Congress party and its MLA have taken up their one-point agenda; to defame the Chief Minister on the NRC issue. It seems that the Congress leaders have taken up the responsibility being the guardians of the Bengali population in the State. Unfortunately, everything is bitterly pseudo from the opposition.�
The former Union Minister claimed that Chief Minister has been making all efforts to unite the people of two valleys together for the greater interest of the State. But the Opposition, in his view is hell-bent to blame the efforts of Sonowal to strike a breach among the people.
On the other hand, State Minister for Forests and Environment Parimal Suklabaidya has said that the State Government will extend all kinds of assistance to the people, Bengali speaking population who have been left of the final draft of the NRC. �The State Government will file and affidavit before the Supreme Court before the next hearing on NRC on September 19 with a plea to consider the documents including refugee registration cards, migration cards etc., issued by the government before 1971 as valid proof for the claims of citizenship. There is no reason to worry for the people,� Suklabaidya claimed. The Minister informed that Chief Secretary Alok Kumar will be in Silchar on Monday to take stock of the developments in Barak Valley on NRC.
Meanwhile, BJP state spokesperson Dr Rajdeep Roy has said that even though the Government has not been able to get a grip over the escalating fuel prices, around 95 per cent prices of other essentials like onion, potato have not gone beyond the common man�s reach in the past four years.