Gogoi gave away Assam`s land to Bangladesh: BJP

The BJP accused Assam CM Tarun Gogoi of giving away Assam`s land to Bangladesh in the land swap deal.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2011, 23:02 PM IST

Guwahati: The BJP on Thursday accused Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi of giving away Assam`s land to Bangladesh
in the land swap deal, "which concerned the nation`s
sovereignty."

Both the Central and Assam governments "hoodwinked" the
poor religious minority people living in the Boroibari area of
Dhubri in the Indo-Bangladesh land swap deal, BJP national
spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here after
visiting the area in Dhubri district.

"Gogoi has said not an inch of Assam`s land has been
given. He has not verified the records with the local people
there. We personally verified the land deeds of the people
there and discount Gogoi`s claim. This is unacceptable to the
BJP," Rudy asserted.

"An area of 559 bigha (8049600 sq ft) has been given away
at Boroibari on the Indo-Bangladesh border. Local people there
showed us their property documents of 40-50 years showing
their right over the land. Now that land has been given away
to Bangladesh," the BJP leader claimed displaying copies of
the land deeds to the media.

In view of the Prime Minister signing the (land swap)
agreement on September 6 two days before Parliament was to
adjourn sine die, Rudy said that no agreement should be signed
without the consent of the concerned people of the place and
leaders of the political parties should be consulted before
signing such an agreement.

"The practice is that various political parties, Assembly
and Parliament are consulted before deciding on the boundary.
It concerns the sovereignty of the nation," he said.

PTI