A crucial meeting of Rahul Gandhi with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Anjan Dutta in New Delhi on Tuesday is expected to clear the picture of a huge political equation in the pre poll political scenario.
Sources told Assam Times that Gogoi and Dutta are all set to convince the AICC vice president of the positive impact of the non BJP alliance in the upcoming assembly polls. These parties include AGP, AIUDF, BPF and the Akhil Gogoi-led Gana Mukti Sangram Sammity.
“Without any priliminary indication from AGP and AIUDF we are not proceeding with this deal. We the secular forces will be taking on BJP. We hope it would work,” said a senior political leader in New Delhi.
Apart from AIUDF, the ruling party is believed to have been in touch with AGP and BPF. AGP is not going to forge poll pact with Congress. But it would not oppose the idea to take on BJP. AIUDF is free to any pact with Congress. BPF will support the single largest party while the Akhil Gogoi-led Gana Mukti Sangram Samity will not contest. But it could give moral support against BJP.
The undeclared poll deal came to light when Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday openly urged AGP, AIUDF, BPF, GMSS to stand united to take on BJP in the assembly polls early next year.
Guwahati: It is increasingly becoming difficult for an insurgency-hit Oil India Limited (OIL) to run a steady production which is why the supply of gas to some companies are getting disrupted
Disclosing this, Oil India Ltd (OIL) Chairman and Managing Director MR Pasrija told a Assam Legislative Committee that the PSU has not been able to maintain regular supply of gas to some Assam companies including the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB).
“Insurgency has resulted in the shortfall in production. The situation prevailing prevents us from extracting gas to the desired level. We seek support from the Government on this,” said Pasrija, who appeared before a House committee to explain why it fails to maintain a steady gas supply to a number of Assam Companies.
The OIL chairman maintains that in his earlier letter (No. CMD/OIL 4/1/1.3, dated May 20, 2007) to ASEB Chairman SC Das, he had said the PSU’s field activities and exploration efforts in Assam have been facing serious law-and-order problems, almost on a regular basis, thereby affecting production of crude oil and natural gas to a large extent. While the district authorities and the State Government are rendering all possible help and cooperation, a congenial working environment in the Oil’s fields is yet to materialize...”
According to him, OIL had made a commitment to Assam Petrochemical Limited that it would supply it 0.5 million metric standard cubic metre per day (mmscmd) gas, but the prevailing law-and-order problem did not allow it to do so.
Notably, the Assembly committee on PSUs visited Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL), Assam Gas Company and Namrup Thermal Power Station in June and found some lapses in their production due to the failure on the part of OIL to maintain regular gas supply. Post this they had decided to summon the OIL Chairman seeking an explanation on this.
Security forces are spreading tentacles along the Assam-Meghalaya border against ULFA and GNLA who are preparing to launch dangerous offensive during the Republic Day.
Two suspected hardcore GNLA were killed at an encounter with army and police in Goalpara district on Tuesday. Security forces launched a major offensive against militants at Khardang bordering Meghalaya. The heavy exchange of firing took place when three youths attacked the security forces. In retaliated firing, two militants were killed on the spot and another managed to escape from the spot. Police further claimed to have recovered two 7.65 MM pistols along with four rounds of live bullets from the spot.
Body of one Bikash Munda (18), an Adivasi youth was recovered Monday morning in No.1 sonajuli area under Dimakuchi, Udalguri. Police recovered the body from his uncle’s house and further investigations are on.
It has been reported that Bikash Munda son of Rantu Munda had gone to sleep at his uncle’s house adjacent to Nengta Bodo’s house who have fled from their residence since morning. The mobile phone was found at Nengta Bodo’s residence. Injuries on the body were found. Police have taken the body for post mortem.