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�State Govt preventing Opp MLAs from doing constitutional duties�

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 23 - The Congress party has alleged that the ruling BJP and the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government are acting in a partisan manner and preventing MLAs and elected representatives of opposition parties from discharging their constitutional duties and responsibilities.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora alleged that the government and the ruling party are deliberately preventing opposition leaders and elected representatives from attending government functions by not extending invitations to them.

�Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal went on an official visit to Barpeta district on July 20. During the trip he inaugurated the new building of the Sarthebari Police Station in Sarukhetri Assembly constituency. But the local MLA of Sarukhetri was not invited for the event just because he belongs to the Congress party,� said Bora.

He added, �Today the Chief Minister has gone to Darrang district to undertake a review of the flood situation. The MP of Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency and the legislators of the Mangaldoi, Sipajhar and Kalaigaon Assembly constituencies have been invited for the official meeting of the Chief Minister. However, there is also another constituency named Dalgaon in Darrang and the MLA of that constituency belongs to the Congress party. He has not been invited for today�s event.�

Bora alleged that such practices have been going on for a long time under the present government.

�This shows the authoritarian and anti-democratic tendency of the BJP-led government, which tries to prevent opposition members from fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities. We condemn this kind of behaviour. This is not a sign of healthy democracy. We want to remind Sonowal that he is not only the Chief Minister of the BJP MLAs, he is the Chief Minister of 3.30 crore people of Assam,� Bora said, adding that he has written a letter to Sonowal seeking the State government�s clarification on the matter.

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