The nine dissident Congress MLAs have yet to ascertain their future course of action even after they initially agreed to join BJP. They have neither moved the state leadership for formally joining the party nor in touch with the Congress leadership for homecoming.
But they have not moved the assembly Speaker to resign as MLA like Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma who formally resigned as Jalukbari MLA.
“The state BJP leadership have nothing to say against them. But nobody can assure them of tickets to contest the polls. This is much to the major disappointment of the Congress MLAs who earlier agreed to join the party as they met Amit Shah in New Delhi at the initiative of Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma,” said a senior BJP leader.
Amid a simmering controversry over the NIA report in the fund misappropriation cases in NC hills, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday strongly refuted the story carried by a news magazine. Addressing a press conference in Dispur on Thursday, Sarma said he has already served a legal notice to the weekly adding that ASDC and BJP were running the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council during that period. "That's why, the involvement of Congress and its leaders does not arise," he said.
On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5,KazirangaWildlife Society, Wildlife Welfare Trust and Northeast Area Development Forum for Regional Development jointly organized a day long interactive and poster campaign session at Burapahar in association with Assam police and Forest Department.The celebration had started at Amguri Bagan near Jakhalabandha at 11 am.Mubina Akhtar,secretary KazirangaWildlife Society and CR Bhobora,former conservator of Forest had attractive interaction session with children and villagers.Colour posters of rhino and wild elephants with important messages were distributed among villagers and forest personnels.Eight villagers were felicitated with gamocha and a tree sapling each for their contribution in the field of nconservation and anti poaching activities. Environmental journalist Jayanta Das and office bearers of Kaziranga WLS felicitated all the eight personnels.The programme was attended by Padum Borthakur, President,Prasanta Gogoi, Working President,Kaziranga WLS;Puspadhar Buragohain, Range Officer,Burapahar Range Office;Deben Bora,Officer-in-Charge, Jakhalabandha Police Station etc.
Anotherinteractive session was held at Burapahar Forest Range Office with forest personnel working in interior camps at 2 am.Mubina Akhtar,Secretary,Kaziranga WLS and Hony.Member of Assam Wildlife Board welcomed all the forest personnel working against odd condition as Burapahar had been the most vulnerable to poaching of all the range offices under Kaziranga NP because of its geographical nature.Kaziranga WLS formally felicitated Deben Bora,O/C, Jakhalabandha Police Station;Puspadhar Buragohain,Forest Range Officer,Burapahar Range and CR Bhobora,former Conservator of Forest,but still working against poaching of rhino and elephants in Kaziranga and Manas NP.Upen Tamuli (Forestor),wildlife activist Gautam Saikia,Bhumidhar Deuri (SI,Police);Deben Bora,Officer in Charge,Jakhalabandha shared their real life experiences with society members.All of them suggested a few steps for to boost anti poaching activities like-wall or fenching by NH 37 so that animals cannot flee to Karbi Hills where they get killed;supply of sophisticated weapons,better solar lights and cells in interior camps,good conditioned fast boats, employment of more forest staff,good clothing,rain coats,leave with salary once in a year etc. The programme was also attended by Babul Gogoi (Managing Editor,Assam Times);Raj Baruah,Chandan Gogoi,Utpal Panchanan,Apurba Kumar Das,Ranjit Dahotiya all executive members of KazirangaWildlife Society.
There is some let-up in the flood fury. But the misery refuses to recede. Flood waters seem to have started stopped spreading to new areas in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district. The water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are showing a receding trend following the halt in the incessant rains during the last 12 hours.
But the mighty river is still flowing above the danger mark in Dhubri and Goalpara. Other rivers like Puthimari and Beki are also showing signs of rising. Many districts in Lower Assam are reeling from the latest deluge. The worst-affected district is Barpeta.
According to Central Water Commission (CWC), the waters of the Brahmaputra, would be further receding on Tuesday night. /