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State govt handling situation well: Shinde

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NEW DELHI, Aug 30 � Setting at rest speculations, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde denied that the Centre is unhappy with the performance of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, stating that the Assam Government is doing well.

Reacting to media reports that the Centre was dismayed with Gogoi for the manner of handling of the violence in BTAD areas, Shinde said, �No, it is not so.�

�On the contrary, the Government of Assam and the Chief Minister are doing well. I talk to him twice daily,� he added.

With the Opposition parties gunning for the Chief Minister�s head, the handling of the situation in BTAD areas that escalated into a full-fledged ethnic strife, has come under close scrutiny. The Samajwadi Party today alleged that the violence in BTAD areas was the outcome of internal differences within the Congress Party.

AGP has also alleged that the violence was result of the infighting in the Congress Party. SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely to visit the riot-affected areas soon, it was announced today.

A three-member delegation of All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) led by its president Pramod Boro on Thursday called for Central intervention in Assam, as the State Government has failed to control the situation. Calling for adequate security for the displaced persons ABSU demanded that only genuine citizens should be resettled.

The delegation that called on the Union Home Minister and Minister for DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar suggested that the Centre should draft a comprehensive policy to resolve the vexed problems of the North-east, as issues were all inter-linked.

Yesterday, a delegation of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind led by its general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani has threatened that if Tarun Gogoi Government and the Centre failed to control the situation of Assam then his working committee would start a �Jail Bharo� agitation from October

The Jamiat delegation had called on the Union Home Minister on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating law and order in Assam, as the State Government failed to control the continuous violence in Assam.

Meanwhile, Shinde told newsmen outside the Parliament House that he was very happy with the latest turn of events in BTAD areas. The Bodos and non-Bodos are now working together,� he said.

About the recent recovery of bodies, the Home Minister said that the cases were not new but old ones.

Meanwhile, BPF Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary said that all local bodies in BTAD areas have been instructed to salvage the land records ahead of resettlement of the displaced persons currently living in relief camps.

Daimary told this newspaper that the issue was discussed during their meeting with the Home Minister on Monday. After the land records are compiled, the first batch would be despatched on the basis of the records. First the displaced persons who were living in revenue villages would be resettled, then the cases of settlers in grazing ground and forest land would be taken up.

For the later two categories, the State Government has to take permission from the concerned authorities, he added.

As reported the BPF leaders have demanded that no inmates of the relief camps in the BTAD areas, spread over four districts, be allowed to be rehabilitated without verifying their credentials.

The BPF MP said that that the State Government has to take a call about resettling those migrants who were living illegally in the grazing grounds and forest lands in BTAD areas.

Meanwhile, NDFB (P) has argued that the drive for seizure of illegal arms should be operative in entire Assam including Guwahati City, if the State Government is serious about restoration of peace in the State. The people of Assam would have been more secured had the Chief Minister of Assam authorised the Indian Army to detect and deport the illegal migrants, apart from seizing the illegal arms, the Bodo militant outfit further opined.

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NEW DELHI, Aug 30 � Setting at rest speculations, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde denied that the Centre is unhappy with the performance of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, stating that the Assam Government is doing well.

Reacting to media reports that the Centre was dismayed with Gogoi for the manner of handling of the violence in BTAD areas, Shinde said, �No, it is not so.�

�On the contrary, the Government of Assam and the Chief Minister are doing well. I talk to him twice daily,� he added.

With the Opposition parties gunning for the Chief Minister�s head, the handling of the situation in BTAD areas that escalated into a full-fledged ethnic strife, has come under close scrutiny. The Samajwadi Party today alleged that the violence in BTAD areas was the outcome of internal differences within the Congress Party.

AGP has also alleged that the violence was result of the infighting in the Congress Party. SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely to visit the riot-affected areas soon, it was announced today.

A three-member delegation of All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) led by its president Pramod Boro on Thursday called for Central intervention in Assam, as the State Government has failed to control the situation. Calling for adequate security for the displaced persons ABSU demanded that only genuine citizens should be resettled.

The delegation that called on the Union Home Minister and Minister for DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar suggested that the Centre should draft a comprehensive policy to resolve the vexed problems of the North-east, as issues were all inter-linked.

Yesterday, a delegation of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind led by its general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani has threatened that if Tarun Gogoi Government and the Centre failed to control the situation of Assam then his working committee would start a �Jail Bharo� agitation from October

The Jamiat delegation had called on the Union Home Minister on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating law and order in Assam, as the State Government failed to control the continuous violence in Assam.

Meanwhile, Shinde told newsmen outside the Parliament House that he was very happy with the latest turn of events in BTAD areas. The Bodos and non-Bodos are now working together,� he said.

About the recent recovery of bodies, the Home Minister said that the cases were not new but old ones.

Meanwhile, BPF Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary said that all local bodies in BTAD areas have been instructed to salvage the land records ahead of resettlement of the displaced persons currently living in relief camps.

Daimary told this newspaper that the issue was discussed during their meeting with the Home Minister on Monday. After the land records are compiled, the first batch would be despatched on the basis of the records. First the displaced persons who were living in revenue villages would be resettled, then the cases of settlers in grazing ground and forest land would be taken up.

For the later two categories, the State Government has to take permission from the concerned authorities, he added.

As reported the BPF leaders have demanded that no inmates of the relief camps in the BTAD areas, spread over four districts, be allowed to be rehabilitated without verifying their credentials.

The BPF MP said that that the State Government has to take a call about resettling those migrants who were living illegally in the grazing grounds and forest lands in BTAD areas.

Meanwhile, NDFB (P) has argued that the drive for seizure of illegal arms should be operative in entire Assam including Guwahati City, if the State Government is serious about restoration of peace in the State. The people of Assam would have been more secured had the Chief Minister of Assam authorised the Indian Army to detect and deport the illegal migrants, apart from seizing the illegal arms, the Bodo militant outfit further opined.

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