GUWAHATI, Aug 5 - The Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association, Octogenarians� Club of Guwahati and Nonagenarians� Association of Assam, in a meeting held at the Pensioners Bhawan here on Saturday, condemned the �irresponsible and provocative� statement of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her �scathing references� to Assamese people in particular in the past few months.
In the meeting held under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty, the associations pointed out to Banerjee the great damage her utterances have been causing to the relationship among the Bengali and Assamese people in general and the division they have been creating among Assamese and Bengali people living in Assam in particular.
Chakravartty, in his speech, observed that as a novice parliamentarian a few decades ago, Banerjee attracted the attention of the country by her strange behaviour and antics in Parliament, and that she could not attain maturity even after becoming the Chief Minister of one of the most important States of the country.
�While Banerjee has ulterior political motives in winning the support of Muslim Bengalis in West Bengal for her political survival, at the same time she has been inviting new dangers to the country in general and Assam in particular by weakening the stand of Assamese nationalists against illegal Bangladeshis,� he said.
The associations appealed to the saner sections of West Bengal not to be carried away by the irresponsible utterances of a �power-hungry and eccentric Chief Minister.�
The associations also decided to confer the title of Nyay Ratna on Supreme Court judge Ranjan Gogoi in recognition of his service to preserve the glory of the judicial system of the country. Justice Gogoi will be conferred the title during the 19th foundation day of the Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association on August 27.
The associations also condoled the death of Bhadra Krishna Goswami, Amal Hazarika and Ratikanta Deva Sarma.