NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 12 - The Veer Lachit Sena, Asom (VLSA) on Friday called for a unified stand against the government�s anti-people actions. This was stated by VLSA chairman Rantu Paniphukan while addressing the press at the North Lakhimpur Press Club.
Paniphukan criticised the government for its indifference towards the safety and security of indigenous people living in the downstream areas of the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electrical Power plant at Gerukamukh. He recalled the visit by the then BJP national president Rajnath Singh to Gerukamukh along with State leaders in 2010 which had demanded a halt to LSHEP work.
Paniphukan said no one from the BJP or from their government in the State came following the recent landslides in the dam site. He said that the under-construction dam was a threat to the livelihood concerns of people living in its downstream areas, but the State government showed no respect towards the democratic movements by people against it.
�Instead the State government is taking repressive measures to crush the movement and detaining and socially maligning its leaders�, alleged Paniphukan.
Paniphukan announced that a massive resistance movement against the government over the issue would be initiated in the State, and people of Assam would reject the present government in the Assembly polls of 2021.
The press meet was also addressed by VLSA leader Srinkhal Chaliha who came down heavily on the government over the blast at Baghjan oil well. Chaliha reiterated his position of visiting the victims of Baghjan oil well blast and oil spill despite the efforts by the government by imposing curbs upon him.
Complaining that Sarbananda Sonowal was inaugurating a resort while Baghjan was under inferno, Chaliha said the Chief Minister should go and stay at least a night there to comprehend the prevailing situation.