Name areas `given away` to B’desh: Assam CM

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday contested L K Advani`s claim that Assam had "given away" land to Bangladesh in a recent agreement with the neighbour and asked the BJP leader to identify such areas.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 20:35 PM IST

Guwahati: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday
contested L K Advani`s claim that Assam had "given away" land to Bangladesh in a recent agreement with the neighbour and asked the BJP leader to identify such areas.

"Where have we given away land? Tell us which area of
Assam has been given away. Only Bangladesh`s land in adverse
possession of Assam has been given," Gogoi told reporters
here responding to Advani`s accusation during his `Jana Chetna
Yatra` rally here yesterday.
"Before going to Bangladesh, the Prime Minister had met
opposition leaders and discussed the issues that were to be
taken up during his Bangladesh visit," Gogoi said.

Stating that there was no secrecy in the land deal, the
chief minister said Advani could have raised the issue in
Parliament as it was in session when Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh returned from Bangladesh.
On Advani`s criticism of the UPA government`s "failure"
to bring back black money from Swiss banks, Gogoi said, "When
he was deputy prime minister under the NDA government, what
did he do to bring it back. It is the UPA government that has
taken action to bring back the money."

On "failure" to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border to stop
infiltration, Gogoi said, "Did he go to the border when he was
the Union Home Minister? But UPA`s then Home Minister Shivraj
Patil had visited the frontiers."

PTI