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Opp urges PC to widen CBI scope

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 29 � An all-party opposition delegation today pressed for enlarging the scope of the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) probe to cover all departments of the North Cachar Hills and immediate resumption of the suspended work on updating the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC).

However, the division within the opposition ranks surfaced as AUDF refrained from joining the delegation. A suspended AGP MLA Abdul Aziz staged a seven hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar demanding immediate cancellation of the update of NRIC and abolition of the �D� voters from the electoral list of Assam.

He was promptly disowned by AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, who claimed that he was under suspension and his agitation had nothing to do with AGP. Aziz, meanwhile, told newsmen that he has never been expelled from the AGP .

Meanwhile, in a show of opposition unity, AGP, BJP, CPI, NCP and Samajvadi Party (SP) called on Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram at his North Block Office demanding that CBI should be handed over cases involving all the departments.

The other demand highlighted by the Opposition included resumption of the work on updating the NRIC in Barpeta district that was suspended by the Assam Government.

The delegation included AGP president, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Biren Baishya, Sarbananda Sonowal, Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Bijoya Chakravarty, Ramen Deka, and Dhrupad Borgohain among others.

Later talking to newsmen, Patowary contested the State Government�s claim that local people opposed the updating of NRIC, stating that an opposition delegation that visited the district got the opposite impression The local people there wants the updating process to go on, he said.

Patowary also mentioned the CBI probe in the Rs 1000 crore financial scam may suffer as it has not been handed over all the cases by the State Government pertaining to the scam.

The opposition delegation has also sought an appointment with the Prime Minister and may also meet union Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Jairamram Ramesh in connection with the mega dam issue.

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Opp urges PC to widen CBI scope

NEW DELHI, July 29 � An all-party opposition delegation today pressed for enlarging the scope of the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) probe to cover all departments of the North Cachar Hills and immediate resumption of the suspended work on updating the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC).

However, the division within the opposition ranks surfaced as AUDF refrained from joining the delegation. A suspended AGP MLA Abdul Aziz staged a seven hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar demanding immediate cancellation of the update of NRIC and abolition of the �D� voters from the electoral list of Assam.

He was promptly disowned by AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, who claimed that he was under suspension and his agitation had nothing to do with AGP. Aziz, meanwhile, told newsmen that he has never been expelled from the AGP .

Meanwhile, in a show of opposition unity, AGP, BJP, CPI, NCP and Samajvadi Party (SP) called on Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram at his North Block Office demanding that CBI should be handed over cases involving all the departments.

The other demand highlighted by the Opposition included resumption of the work on updating the NRIC in Barpeta district that was suspended by the Assam Government.

The delegation included AGP president, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Biren Baishya, Sarbananda Sonowal, Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Bijoya Chakravarty, Ramen Deka, and Dhrupad Borgohain among others.

Later talking to newsmen, Patowary contested the State Government�s claim that local people opposed the updating of NRIC, stating that an opposition delegation that visited the district got the opposite impression The local people there wants the updating process to go on, he said.

Patowary also mentioned the CBI probe in the Rs 1000 crore financial scam may suffer as it has not been handed over all the cases by the State Government pertaining to the scam.

The opposition delegation has also sought an appointment with the Prime Minister and may also meet union Minister of State for Environment and Forest, Jairamram Ramesh in connection with the mega dam issue.