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Reconsider auction of oilfields: AGP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 30 - Differences of opinion have cropped up between the alliance partners, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), on the issue of auctioning of 12 oilfields of the State with the regional party today calling upon the Government of India to reconsider the decision.

The AGP steering committee today discussed the issue amidst widespread controversy over the Centre�s decision to auction 12 oilfields of the State and demanded that the Centre should reconsider the decision.

The AGP also demanded that the Central and State governments should discuss the issue with the regional party.

AGP general secretary Dr Kamala Kalita told The Assam Tribune that the AGP would not change its stand on privatisation of natural resources of the State. The regional party is of the view that the Government should have control over the natural resources. If private companies can make profit from the oilfields of the State, there is no reason why the public sector undertakings, like the Oil India or the ONGC, cannot make profit from the same, he added.

He also said that if necessary, the Government should take over the oilfields by forming a company as was done by the Government of Gujarat.

The AGP also has difference of opinion on the Centre�s decision to provide shelter to the migrants who came to India because of religious persecution in their own countries. Dr Kalita said that the steering committee of the party today discussed the issue and demanded that the Assam Accord should be implemented and the foreigners should detected on the basis of the Accord.

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