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Demo against bid to aid Bhutan power project

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 20 � The Assam State Committee of the CPI-ML (Liberation) today voiced its protest against the bid of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central Government to assist the Bhutan Government in constructing a hydel power project.

Members of the party today staged a demonstration on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri to register their protest against the above bid. They also sent a memorandum to the President of the country, through the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro).

The party in its memorandum demanded immediate steps to scrap the agreement of the Indian Government with the Bhutanese Government to generate 10,000 MW of hydel power in Bhutan, stating that the Kurichu, a mere 60 MW project, in the neighbouring country has caused serious damage to Lower Assam areas. Urgent measures should be taken to make life and property of the Lower Assam people safe from the Kurichu project.

It also laid stress on micro-hydel projects to provide round-the-clock power to the people of the country.

In a statement, the party alleged that Prime Minister Modi, who had opposed big dam projects while addressing the elections rallies in Assam during the Lok Sabha elections, has laid the foundation stone of a big hydel project in Bhutan even before completing a month in power.

Party�s politbureau member Rubul Sarma and State committee members Pankaj Kumar Das, Arup Kumar Mahanta, Naren Bora and AICCTU�s State president Biren Kalita, among others, took part in the demonstration.

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