Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the government will initiate a survey of land in the char (riverine) areas of the state.
Sarma said, “We will initiate a survey in Baghbar, Jonia to assess the land available there. While moving in the area I can see a lot of vacant land and people from the area move to different areas of Dhekiajuli, Borsola and Lumding. In these areas there are land grabbers who push these people out of the area and force them to take shelter in forest land.”
He added, “In Lumding reserve forest we have found that three businessmen have initiated ginger cultivation; they brought people and settled there. They are making these people work like bonded labour. We will publish a white paper on Lumding reserve forest”.
Recently there were violent clashes between local people and police which resulted in the death of two people and injury to 15 policemen during the eviction drive at Gorukhuti in the Dholpur in Darrang.
For the spectacular electoral success of BJP and it’s across Northeast India, Sarma said, “People have once again reposed their faith on Prime minister Narendra Modi’s visionary policy for Northeast India.”
Sarma said without appeasing anyone and working for the development of all, the BJP led government has managed to win by thumping votes Bhawanipur, Gossaigaon and Tamulpur. “People of a particular community had voted for us. These people have substantial votes in these areas.”
He added, “Muslim minority people in Bhawanipur, Gossaigaon have endorsed the development done by government voted for us. All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had been retaining the Bhawanipur seat since 2006”. Though we won in assembly polls this year, not winning this seat was a bolt and we take pride that we finally wrested this seat.”
Sarma earlier said, “We were pained when AIUDF in this year’s assembly polls won from Babanipur the home of the first martyr of Assam movement.”
Khargeswar Talukdar general secretary of All Assam Students Union in Barpeta was the first martyr of six yearlong anti-foreigners or Assam movement (1979-1985).