NEW DELHI, Aug 2 - The Congress on Tuesday opposed the auction of oilfilelds in Assam with party MP Gaurav Gogoi moving a notice under Rule 377.
He said the mandate of the current government in Assam was the protection of nation, land and resources and oil being one of the most precious resources of the State, the decision of the BJP-led Central Government to auction 12 marginal oilfields in the State is a betrayal of the saffron party�s slogan of �Jati, mati aru bheti�.
Through this policy, the Central Government has ignored the historical sentiments of the people as the auction policy only benefits private and foreign companies, which are unlikely to share any significant revenue with the State or focus on hiring locals, he said.
This decision has created a huge gap in the relationship between the governments � Central and State, Gogoi said. Broadening this gap is the refusal of the Central Government to pay Rs 10,000 crore that it owed to Assam as oil royalty, he added.