Last week when TV channels announced that Sarma was holding talks with BJP president Amit Shah, Rahul sprang belatedly into action.
Sarma’s joining the BJP has sent shivers through the rank and file of the ruling Congress party, especially after about 10 other party legislators greeted Sarma on his return from Delhi at the airport.
After an aerial survey of more than two hours, CM Gogoi said state govt has stepped up rescue and relief operations in the state with all ministers directed to visit the affected districts to monitor relief operations.
Gogoi said his government has already tied up with Nobel winner Kailash Satyarthi to conduct a survey of child rights violations in the state soon.
He said that the “concerned minister” who had awarded the contract to US firm Louis Berger for a water supply project in Guwahati should take responsibility for it.
“I appeal to the government of India to complete the border fencing works expeditiously and guard the international boundary more effectively in order to stop illegal influx into Assam,” said Gogoi.
Gogoi also expressed displeasure that the Prime Minister had not consulted him and taken him into confidence.
Gogoi recalled former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s concept of ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA) and asked the Centre to take that concept up on a mission mode.
Gogoi the Corporation had neither taken up the construction activities nor undertaken maintenance work, leaving the state in the lurch.
BJP MP said it was “shameful” that a Congress Chief Minister was dancing when the nation was observing state mourning.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the proposed Abdul Kalam Centre for Innovation would help to engage young minds of Assam in carrying out exercises in entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
The chief minister also asked the inquiry committee to suggest measures to check and disband illegal trade in cigarettes as pointed out in the Ficci report.
“In his death, Assam lost a very good parliamentarian, while I lost a very close friend,” Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said as he payed his tributes to Handique.
With the Guwahati water supply project’s mention in the Louis Berger bribery case, Assam CM ordered probe into the allegations that govt functionaries received bribe for awarding contract to the company.
Nandalal and Kajol were killed in indiscriminate firing by suspected ULFA (I) militants in Bijuliban village in Tinsukia on Tuesday night. His wife, son and nephew were also injured.