GUWAHATI: The ruling Congress in Assam and the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday blasted the BJP-NDA Government at the Centre for its decision to go ahead with the India-Bangladesh land swap deal even as members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) burnt copies of the land agreement in protest against the move.
“Before the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP was opposed to the agreement.
The party had, in fact, registered its protests by visiting the Indo-Bangla border and unfurled the tricolour there. The BJP had also asserted that it wouldn’t allow even an inch of Assam land to be given to Bangladesh.
If that was the party’s position, why is this U-turn now?” former Assam Chief Minister and AGP stalwart Prafulla Kumar Mahanta asked while taking part in a march against the land pact in Nagaon on Monday.
“Assam is not going to gain anything. The fact is that the agreement will benefit only Tripura, Meghalaya and West Bengal,” he said.
The Asom Gana Parishad warned that it would intensify its agitation in the coming days if the Centre did not revoke the decision.