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BJP slams govt for rushing Bangla land-swap Bill

BJP MP Raman Deka said the party will oppose the Bill in Lok Sabha.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 20, 2013 4:13:41 am

The BJP Thursday condemned the introduction of the Constitution Amendment Bill to ratify the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh in Rajya Sabha amid din on Wednesday,saying there were a large number of pending issues regarding the border that needed more urgent attention.

“The Bill was rushed through in a most arbitrary manner. We disapprove of it,condemn it. It was not on the agenda. We wanted the government to work out a consensus and told them so,” BJP deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravishankar Prasad told a press conference in the presence of party MPs from Assam.

BJP MP Raman Deka said the party will oppose the Bill in Lok Sabha.

“There are pending border issues. International border is yet not demarcated. Infiltration from Bangladesh is changing our demography. All these things need to be resolved first,” Lok Sabha MP from Guwahati Bijoya Chakravarty said.

Prasad criticised Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien for allowing introduction of the Bill despite objections from the BJP.

“Deputy Chairman’s conduct was inappropriate,” he said.

“Yes,we did not go to the well of the House. We observed restraint,” Prasad replied when asked why the BJP did not join the TMC and the AGP in protesting the introduction.

TMC and AGP members had trooped into the well of the House.

Assam groups protest,burn PM’s effigy

Guwahati: A day after the Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution Amendment Bill to ratify the land-swap deal with Bangladesh,the Asom Gana Parishad and All Assam Students’ Union on Thursday held demonstrations and came down heavily on the Centre for ‘conceding’ a sizeable portion of Assam’s land to the neighbouring country. Both groups also hit out at the BJP for allegedly endorsing the UPA’s decision.


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