GUWAHATI, Dec 15 - Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia has demanded urgent steps to send an all-party delegation to Delhi to interact with the Central government on issues concerning the Hindu Bangladeshis, Greater Nagalim and contamination of the Brahmaputra water.
Saikia demanded that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal should immediately send an all-party delegation to interact with the Central government because it is the need of the hour that all political leaders who love Assam and duly represent its citizens, are to unite and raise their voice in unison to safeguard the interests and future of the people of the State.
Saikia criticised the Centre�s move to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis with a cut-off deadline of December, 2014. He said the move is a clear threat to the political, cultural and linguistic rights of the people of Assam as it is likely to add to the State�s burden of illegal settlers.
He said that this decision needs to be opposed unitedly because it goes against the very spirit of the Assam agitation as well as provisions of the Assam Accord, which came as a fallout of the agitation.
Saikia pointed out that the likelihood of announcement of a �Greater Nagalim� in the next few weeks has also posed a serious threat to Assam�s territorial and administrative sanctity.
Contamination of the water of the Brahmaputra due to suspected Chinese activities in the upper reaches of the river also needs to be tackled by persuading the Centre to play a more active role, he maintained.
Saikia asserted that it is the Chief Minister�s bounden duty to get the Opposition parties into confidence in the struggle to protect the interests of the people of Assam, who had elected the BJP-led government with great expectations.