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Kakopathar firing fires Assam politics

Written by: Staff

Guwahati, Feb 23 (UNI) The Kakopathar incident has given the much needed spark to Assam politics as all the parties have switched to election mode with accusations and counter-accusations flying thick and fast.

As the AGP organises rallies daily all over the state, the BJP decided on a state-wide 'yatra', leaving the Congress to innovate ways to counter attack.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and urged him to restrain Army operations in the state, while Congress state president Bhubaneshwar Kalita informed that a chain of political rallies would start from Saturday.

The Congress had been blaming the AGP for Kakopathar, saying the latter had instigated the people there.

''We have a video footage of the involvement of AGP leaders which we are going to show in the rallies,'' said Minister of State for Finance Himanta Biswa Sharma.

But the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was not perturbed.

Buoyed by large draws at each rally, party president Brindabon Goswami said Chief Minister Gogoi had 'lost mental balance' in accusing others for his fault.

The BJP was, however, caught between the aggressive AGP and the suave Congress with the latter trying to woo back the minority through amendment of Foreigner's Act.

''But the key to Dispur will be with the BJP,'' said BJP general secretary and state in-charge Pramod Mahajan.

The Congress government, meanwhile, issued an appointment letter to the victim's family of Kakopathar while accusing the AGP of politicising the issue.

A defiant AGP general secretary Dilip Saikia said, ''We are bound to win. Just look at the response of the people. Let the Congress say what they want.'' MORE UNI MT SG PL RL PM1359

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