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Only Assembly can finalize definition of Assamese, says Himanta

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GUWAHATI, Aug 12 - State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that only the State Assembly has the right to finalize the definition of Assamese and that by making the report of the high-level Committee�s recommendations to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord public, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has only complicated things.

�Until and unless the State Assembly adopts it, the definition of Assamese cannot be finalized,� he said. Stating that the Centre has no role to play in the entire process until the definition is ratified by the State Assembly, Sarma told media persons that the Committee has given two years time for the implementation of their recommendations and the Government is on the right track.

�The Committee on Clause 6 has itself stated that there are some complex recommendations in the report which should be forwarded to a three-member expert committee or a retired Supreme Court Judge before going ahead with the recommendations,� he pointed out.

Categorizing AASU as a �political party�, the Minister said the Centre has already started the process of implementation of the recommendations by constituting the Delimitation Commission.

�Earlier, AASU was a non political outfit but now it is already a political party or about to be a political party and it is natural for any political party to criticize the Government,�the Minister said. He went on to say that the State Government too is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the Accord.

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Only Assembly can finalize definition of Assamese, says Himanta

GUWAHATI, Aug 12 - State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that only the State Assembly has the right to finalize the definition of Assamese and that by making the report of the high-level Committee�s recommendations to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord public, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has only complicated things.

�Until and unless the State Assembly adopts it, the definition of Assamese cannot be finalized,� he said. Stating that the Centre has no role to play in the entire process until the definition is ratified by the State Assembly, Sarma told media persons that the Committee has given two years time for the implementation of their recommendations and the Government is on the right track.

�The Committee on Clause 6 has itself stated that there are some complex recommendations in the report which should be forwarded to a three-member expert committee or a retired Supreme Court Judge before going ahead with the recommendations,� he pointed out.

Categorizing AASU as a �political party�, the Minister said the Centre has already started the process of implementation of the recommendations by constituting the Delimitation Commission.

�Earlier, AASU was a non political outfit but now it is already a political party or about to be a political party and it is natural for any political party to criticize the Government,�the Minister said. He went on to say that the State Government too is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the Accord.

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