GUWAHATI: The Opposition parties of Congress, CPM, CPML, CPI and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) came down heavily on the state’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for his alleged failure in maintaining peace along with interstate borders of Assam and Mizoram.
It was the first time on Tuesday when all the leaders of these parties which have decided to contest the ensuing state polls of 2021 came together to address the media. Congress had proposed a ‘grand alliance’ with all the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to uproot BJP from Dispur next year.
Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora said, “It’s a total failure of the state administration and intelligence agencies. The chief minister Sonowal is also the home minister. Then how come the state could not intercept violence along the Assam-Mizoram borders in Barak valley? The state government is only busy in making fake promises and corruption.”
The Congress leader also questioned the role of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and asked, “Where is NEDA now? When NEDA was formed, it was said that it will look into the issues related to the entire northeast’s peace and progress. But why it is not taking any step for maintaining peace in the region now?”
The situation along the Assam-Mizoram remained tensed for almost two weeks now as miscreants from Mizoram side allegedly torched several houses and shops of Lailapur of Cachar district. The situation forced the Union Home Ministry to discuss the matter with both the state governments through a video conference on Monday and pressed for maintaining peace.
Earlier, the Mizoram government has alleged the district administrations of Cachar and Karimganj districts of ‘unilateral and provocative’ acts of disturbing public peace and harmony in the border areas of Assam-Mizoram.
Sonowal has appraised the matter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking immediate intervention.
The ‘grand alliance’ said that due to such failure and exposure of multicrore scam occurred during the BJP regime, it would come out with flying colours in the ensuing state polls. The alliance claimed that it would win around 100 out of a total of 126 seats in the Assam assembly.