Mahanta Slams Gogoi for Indo-Bangla Land Swap

Mahanta Slams Gogoi for Indo-Bangla Land Swap
Senior AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today accused Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of "compromising the interest" of the people of the state in carrying out the land-swap deal with Bangladesh.

"Gogoi has sold the interest of the people in agreeing to give land to Bangladesh in the name of settling the border dispute. This is an anti-national act," Mahanta, former chief minister of the state told reporters here.

Mahanta said that erection of barbed fencing was only to contain infiltration and check trans-border crimes and cannot solve any border dispute.

As such the claim of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that the land-swap deal will result in completing of border fencing is "not acceptable", Mahanta said.

He reiterated his earlier view that the government should have discussed the matter in the state assembly before such an important decision.

"When an elected House is there how can the chief minister act on his own and sign the deal in an arbitrary manner", he asked.

On the recent hike of price of petrol, the former chief minister said the people of the North East will be suffer the most as they have to depend on essentials supplied by road from other states.
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