GUWAHATI, May 9: “The unification move of the AGP holds much significance in so far as the future of the much awaited unity of the regional forces in the State is concerned,” said former Rajya Sabha MP and BPPF leader UG Brahma. “Unity is a much required aspect to uphold the regional causes,” he said.
“We favour unification of the AGP and hope small hurdles which might be come in the way to achieve it will ultimately be removed through consultations,” he said. “AGP can be united by bringing back its former leaders without making any major changes in the present leadership and organizational structure,” he suggested.
The BPPF leader thinks a viable alliance of regional forces can throw a strong challenge to the Congress in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. It may be mentioned here that the ASDC as a united entity, in its recent meeting with the AGP, also favours a viable regional grouping to tackle the ruling Congress.
Brahma blamed the Congress-led Government at Dispur for allegedly turning its back to the volatile law-and-order situation in the BTAD. He said the BPF led by Hagrama Mohilary has been taking advantage of its alliance with the Congress to create terror in the BTAD. “The killers are moving scot–free in VIP cars under police protection and the people who dare to protest are being continuously harassed and tortured by the police,” he said.
False cases have been filed against 500 activists of both the BPPF and the ABSU by the BTC administration since 2005, to keep the Opposition mum, he said. “We are in a total confusion on whom to blame for the current situation in the BTAD — BTC administration, police or Dispur?” said the former Rajya Sabha member. “The tall claims of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi regarding the improvement of the law-and-order situation in the State turns false in the BTAD,” he quipped.
Police in the BTAD seems to act as per the directions of Dispur, which has no policy or programme to control the situation in the Bodo heartland, he said. The BTAD appears to be the only one area in the State where even the unified command structure is not in force, he added.
The Kokrajhar district administration has twice turned down permission to stage an all-party sit-in demonstration in Kokrajhar against the imposition of Section 144 imposed in all four districts under BTAD. The BPPF has decided to move the Gauhati High Court seeking judicial intervention into the matter.