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Ministry expansion triggers angst in Barak Valley


SILCHAR, April 27 - At a time when the State Government has gone for the much awaited expansion of the Cabinet ministry, inducting induction of seven new faces in the ranks, there was serious repercussion across the political spectrum in Barak Valley owing to the fact that no new minister was given a berth in the ministerial ranks from southern Assam.

Interestingly, while the lone minister from Barak Valley Parimal Suklabaidya has been assigned the Department of Forests alongside the charges of Fisheries and Excise, BJP cadres from Sonai constituency were furious after Aminul Haque Laskar, the solitary minority MLA in the ministry was not considered for a ministerial spot.

Reacting against the injustice to their leader, over 100 cadres from the minority cell of the constituency decided to quit the party membership and raised slogans against Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma for the disparity.

�Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal�s rhetoric of unifying Barak and Brahmaputra valleys is largely a farcical one. Barak Valley has been deprived yet again.� rued the annoyed cadres.

On the other hand, the Cachar District Congress Committee too has expressed awe over the allocation of ministerial berths by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government. Uday Shankar Goswami, president of Cachar district BJP chose not to react on the question as to whether Barak Valley has been deprived with no MLAs making it to the ministerial line-up.

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