Need of the hour is a green bench in the north east to ensure a safe environment in the entire region. This was what Debojit Das said when the veteran legal practitioner was participating in a round table conference in Guwahati on Thursday.
According to Das, the policies for extracting natural resources are not people friendly. He said that only a section of businessmen has been taking the advantage. Meghalaya, he said, is an example where coal minings have been operating without any hindrance.
“Unless we have a green bench like West Bengal we do not see any hope in near future where we will have to bear the brunt,” he said.
A rare dose of good news for Congress party in Assam. Despite being hardpressed by dissidence and Akhil Gogoi factor, the ruling party is likely to get 11 out of 14 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls if NDTV opinion poll is any indication.
According to the opinion polls, Congress tally would go up by four seats----from 7 to 11 this year with a wonderful 35 per cent vote share.
The survey seems hardly any impact of Modi magic where the BJP is likely to get only 3 seats---down from 4 in 2009. AIUDF and AGP may not be able to open even an account. Instead, the regional party would have to lose the lone seat in Tezpur. BJP’s vote share is shown 25 per cent with AGP 11 per cent.
Assam Congress has suspended Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma two days after the Jalukbari MLA confirmed his move to join BJP. According to APCC sources, Dr Sarma who has been doing dissidence againstTarun Gogoiaschief minister has been suspended alleging anti party activities.
The former minister is all set to join BJP at huge party rally in Guwahati on August 28. The suspension assumes significance two days after he sent his resignation letter to AICC after his meeting with BJP president Amit Shah.
DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury said that three districts -- Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sibsagar -- were areas of concern and put on maximum alert while Goalpara and Dhubri districts were vulnerable. He said several youths had been picked up and police pickets posted in vulnerable districts.
The outfit observes 'Army Day' on the raising of its armed wing in 1979 under 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua who now heads the anti-talk faction.