GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has hailed the restraint and patience shown by the people of Assam, more particularly the residents of Barak Valley in view of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee�s inflammatory remarks and her decision of sending a delegation to Barak Valley with a design to polarise the society in the aftermath of the publication of the NRC complete draft in Assam.
�Sonowal also thanked the people of Barak Valley for the exemplary composure they exhibited without falling prey to the divisive design of the external forces,� an official release said.
The Chief Minister also expressed his thanks to the Bengali-speaking people and different organisations scattered across the State for unequivocally registering their protests against the West Bengal Chief Minister�s plan of polarising the State.
He added that since the very beginning of updating the NRC, some vested interests were hell-bent in destabilising the process by making remarks inimical to the age-old unity prevailing among the people of Barak Valley, Brahmaputra Valley, hills and plains.
�In spite of all provocations, the people of Assam showed remarkable composure and strengthened the friendship and camaraderie among themselves. Assam is a land known for its unity since ages. People belonging to different caste, community, creed and religion symbolise unity, which is unique,� he said.
He also said that the people of Assam were guided by the humanitarian and unifying philosophies of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Hemanga Biswas. Stating that Assam and Bengal share harmonious relations since ages, he said that scholars like Ashutosh Mukherjee helped introducing Assamese language in the University of Calcutta.
�Even Dr Bhupen Hazarika during the prime of his career spent his days at his Tollygunge residence in Kolkata and produced some of his immortal creations both in Assamese and Bengali. Even Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa, strengthening the intrinsic relations, married Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore�s granddaughter Pragya Sundari. Therefore, being a Chief Minister of such a State which has its deep-rooted culture and traditions, Mamata Banerjee should not have made such baseless comments which have got communal undertone aimed at disturbing the strong relations between Assam and Bengal,� he observed.
He said that Assam�s culture and civilisation had evolved as a result of melting down of different communities and ethnicities, �which are all embracive and receptive�.
He added that the NRC had been prepared under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court of India with active role of the RGI. It was a document to safeguard the interest of the people of Assam.