Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that the government does not need any support from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and All Assam Minority Students' Union (AAMSU) regarding the re-designation of electoral boundaries in the state.
CM Sarma was in Raha in the Nagaon district of Assam where he made the comments. He was there on Jongal Balahu Diwas where he gave official recognition of the government to the occasion.
Addressing a gathering there, the Assam CM said, “AIUDF and AAMSU have no role to play in the creation or omission of districts as well, and will not have anything to do with it in the future too. We do not require their support for the process.”
Speaking about the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chief Paresh Baruah, CM Sarma said, “I am not asking Paresh Baruah to give up any of his rights. I cannot come to the negotiation table with him till there is sovereignty.”
“It is the people of Assam who will guide the state government as well as ULFA,” he further added.
It may be noted that earlier in the day, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that Jongal Balahu Diwas will be accorded state recognition.
He informed this during a public meeting at Jongal Balahu Garh in Nagaon’s Raha. The Assam CM said that January 3 will be officially celebrated as Jongal Balahu Diwas.
CM Sarma said, “As a mark of respect to the Tiwa king Jongal Balahu and the contributions of the Tiwa community towards enriching Assam's cultural mosaic, we have decided to accord official recognition to Jongal Balahu Diwas.”
“Our government is working for the development of the Jongal Balahu Garh. The area will be developed into a tourist centre within 18 months. Rs 100 crores have been approved for the project. The centre will help throw light on the community's role in building an inclusive society,” Sarma further said.
Himanta Biswa Sarma performed Bhumi Pujan for the Jongal Balahu tourist centre at Raha today. He also offered floral tributes at the statue of Tiwa king Jongal Balahu.