AGP criticises Assam CM for ''hollow and cheap'' statements

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Guwahati, Oct 18 (UNI) The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today lambasted Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his ''hollow and cheap'' statements on AGP's unification and on his allegations regarding violence and failure during the regional party's two tenures at Dispur.

''Being the Chief Minister, Mr Gogoi should refrain from making irresponsible statements. He should be more concerned with the problems of the state rather than the internal affairs of the Opposition parties,'' AGP chief Chandra Mohan Patowary told reporters here.

Blaming the Congress for the recent communal violence in Darrang and Udalguri districts, he said, ''Communal riots have always erupted when the Congress is in power, from ethnic clashes of 1991 to violence in the hill districts to the present violence since 2001.'' Demanding the Chief Minister's resignation, the Leader of the Opposition said, ''Mr Gogoi has no right to continue and should resign immediately.'' He alleged that the riot victims in relief camps were afraid to return home and the state government had failed utterly in providing security of life and property.

Mr Patowary also alleged that ministers of Mr Gogoi's Cabinet, who had visited the camps, were inciting the situation by making inflammatory statements.

On the Chief Minister's statements on AGP unification, he urged Mr Gogoi to refrain from commenting if he was ''as unconcerned as he stated to be.'' Referring to Mr Gogoi's allegations of failure against the AGP during the latter's 10 years in power, Mr Patowary said, ''Except for 12-and-half years, the Congress has ruled Assam since Independence. Mr Gogoi should elaborate on the achievements of his party rather than hamming like an old record on alleged failures of AGP.'' Pointing to the Chief Minister's statement justifying the state government taking huge loans, the AGP president said the states to which Mr Gogoi has compared Assam in terms of per capita loan burden had far higher per capita income than Assam.

''Moreover, these states have huge investments whereas our Chief Minister couldn't point to a single major investment in Assam,'' Mr Patowary said.

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