Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003
Front Page |
Southern States |
Other States |
Advts: Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |
By Barun Das Gupta
The Rashtriya Janata Dal president, Laloo Prasad Yadav, comforts a victim of the anti-Bihari violence, in Guwahati on Monday.
Addressing a crowded press conference, he said, "They (BJP leadership) see a Pakistan or ISI or Bangladesh hand in every thing. If ISI agents are active, what are the Central intelligence agencies doing? The Centre should arrest and punish the ISI agents."
Referring to the targeting of Biharis in Mumbai by Shiv Sainiks, he asked sarcastically whether the Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, was a Bangladeshi.
The RJD chief blamed the Centre for not providing adequate para-military forces to Assam to control the situation and stressed that it was the Centre's "duty" to help the State in dealing with insurgency.
His message to the people of Assam was simple: "Think of the country and its unity. The country is above everything, even the elections. If we continue to fight one another, the country will disintegrate."
His message to the media was: "Sometimes it is necessary not to publish the truth if the publication will weaken the country and the unity of the people."
He said the Biharis who were being targeted were poor labourers and had been living in Assam for more than 300 years. He said that while the Rabri Devi Government in Bihar had controlled the situation in two days, punished derelict officials and arrested 50 persons, the killing of Biharis in Assam was continuing.
He met the Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, over lunch and later had a discussion with the All Asom Students Union leaders. Mr. Yadav, who has brought eight MPs with him, said he would visit Tinsukia after December 2.
The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |
Copyright © 2003, The
Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of
this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of