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Congress condemns Assam clashes, Uproar in LS on Assam violence, 'BSP will play vital role in next govt'

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Congress condemns Assam clashes

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NDTV Correspondent

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 (New Delhi)

The Congress today condemned the group clashes in Assam, especially the incident in which an Adivasi woman protester was stripped.

''It is most unfortunate that group clashes in Assam have resulted in the death of one person and grievous injuries to several others,'' Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

''In particular, Congress condemns the shameful, barbaric incident of an Adivasi woman being stripped by miscreants. It is most unfortunate that in a country like ours, which is a proud democracy, the largest democracy, that this kind of approach is shown to the rights of an individual, a woman, an Adivasi,'' he said.

Singhvi, however, said the speed with which the miscreants have been arrested is laudatory. ''Anybody who does this kind of a shameful act deserves to be condemned,'' he added.

On Tuesday, both Houses of Parliament also felt the echo of the violent incidents in the state resulting in adjournments.

CPM MP Brinda Karat raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha while BJP MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra raised it in the Lok Sabha.

 

Judicial probe ordered

Briefing the House on the November 24 violence, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said that the situation in the state was peaceful at present but a close watch was being kept.


Observing that there was a demand to grant Scheduled Tribes status to tea garden and former tea garden communities in Assam, he said it was ''examined several times'' in the past as also by the Lokur Committee in 1965.

These panels agreed with the opinion of the Backward Classes Commission and ''did not recommend the tea plantation labourers to be treated as STs'', the Minister said. 

He said the tea estate settlers ''have tended to lose their tribal characteristics in the new surroundings''.

Moreover, it was noted that many of the tea tribe communities were ''not STs even in their native states'' and some of them were listed as SC/ST in different states.

''Based on these considerations and observations of the Lokur Committee as well as the Backward Classes Commission, RGI has not supported the proposal of the state government for inclusion of tea tribes in the list of STs in Assam,'' the Home Minister said.

''The then Assam Government had also initially consistently opposed giving them the ST status,'' he added. He said the situation at present was peaceful and under watch.

Patil said he had spoken to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi about the situation. The Home Ministry officials were in constant touch with the state Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police.

The Minister also claimed that AASAA had been granted permission to hold a rally but not a procession, which they later took out. He said one person succumbed to injuries in a hospital and 242 were injured including ten critically.

A judicial probe has also been ordered now, Patil said.

 
Limited violence

Meanwhile, as the 36-hour shutdown continued in Assam, additional forces have been deployed, but violence was reported from different parts of the state.

In Dibrugarh district, three persons were injured and their vehicle damaged by bandh supporters, while normal life was affected in upper Assam districts.

The protestors beat up three persons traveling in a vehicle and badly damaged it before snatching away their belongings at Naoholia area, official sources said.

Another procession of the agitators from Deuhal to Bordubi area was also held back, the sources said. 

Meanwhile, normal life was hit by the shutdown in upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Tinsukia and North Lakhimpur and Kokrajhar in lower Assam which has a sizeable Adivasi population.

Group clashes were also reported from Sonitpur district where the protestors attacked people besides damaging vehicles and business establishments.

Yesterday, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death and two others were seriously wounded after some Adivasis set their vehicle on fire at Amguri-Karigaon road in Kokrajhar district. (With PTI Inputs)

 

Economic Times

 

Uproar in LS on Assam violence
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/PoliticsNation/Uproar_in_LS_on_Assam_violence/articleshow/2576571.cms

28 Nov, 2007, 0025 hrs IST, TNN

 

NEW DELHI: The shocking incident of mob violence in Guwahati, especially the stripping of a woman, in the wake of a demonstration by tribals demanding scheduled tribe status triggered a storm in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, resulting in its adjournment for an hour.

The Speaker adjourned the House when BJP member from Arunachal Pradesh, Kiren Rijiju, and minister of state for parliamentary affairs BK Handique, who hails from Assam, got locked in an argument soon after home minister made a statement on the matter.

Mr Rijiju was seen complaining about wordings in the statement which, he alleged, was not sympathetic to the protesters' demand for ST status, a point sought to be countered by Mr Handique. BJP deputy leader VK Malhotra also chipped in, saying details of several tribals missing and the reported stripping of a tribal woman did not find a mention in the statement. As acrimonious exchanges continued and Mr Rijiju came into the well, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the House.

In his statement in the House, home minister Shivraj Patil said the situation was "peaceful at present, but a close watch is being kept". Mr Patil said he had spoken to chief minister Tarun Gogoi about the situation and the home ministry officials were in constant touch with the state chief secretary and DGP.

The minister also said the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) had been granted permission to hold a rally, but not for a procession which was later taken out. One person has succumbed to injuries in a hospital and 242 were hurt, 10 critically. A judicial probe has also been ordered, Mr Patil said.

Observing that there was a demand to grant scheduled tribe status to tea garden and former tea garden communities in Assam, he said it was "examined several times" in the past as also by the Lokur Committee in 1965. These panels were in agreement with the Backward Classes Commission and "did not recommend that the tea plantation labourers be treated as STs", the minister clarified.

His line was the tea estate settlers "have tended to lose their tribal characteristics in the new surroundings". Moreover, it was noted that many of the tea tribe communities were "not STs even in their native states" and some of them were listed as SC/ST in different states.

"...RGI has not supported the proposal of the state government for inclusion of tea tribes in the list of STs in Assam. The then Assam Government had also initially consistently opposed giving them the ST status," the home minister said.

Earlier, when several members, who had given notices wanted to speak on the subject, the Speaker promised them a detailed discussion on the issue on a later date.

 

Chennai Online

 

MPs should not be part of local bodies
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New Delhi, Nov 27: The Administrative Reforms Commission has recommended the MPs should not become members of local bodies, saying they often "stifle and not stimulate" the emergence of local leadership.

"Members of Parliament and State Legislatures should not become members of local bodies," the Commission, chaired by Veerappa Moily, said in its report "Local Governance" released here today.

Article 243 of the Constitution stipulates that the state Legislature may by law provide for representation of Members of Parliament and State Legislature at levels other than the village level.

The Commission said it was of the view that "the imposing presence" the MPs and MLAs in the Panchayats would "subdue" the emergence of local leadership which is "a sine qua non for development" of vibrant local government.

"Therefore the commission is of the view that the MPs and MLAs should not become members of local bodies," the report said, adding "this would endow the local bodies with decision making capabilities."

Moily said in states such as Kerala and West Bengal, local bodies have shown a marked development with MPs and MLAs not being at the helm of affairs.

While keeping MPs and MLAs out of local bodies, the Commission said the states should be free to decide the composition of panchayats and the manner of election to suit their local conditions best.

However, the Commission observed the members and the chairperson of a local body should be directly elected so that the population will get proper representation.

The Commission was also of the view that the Constitutional provisions relating to reservation of seats provided under Article 243 "must be retained" in the current form to ensure adequate representation to the underprivileged sections and women.

"One important feature of the Constitutional scheme of local government is empowerment of the SC, ST, women and where the states choose to, OBCs through a system of reservations," the Commission said.

"Already evidence shows that women and weaker sections elected to panchayats and municipalities have performed very creditably," it said.

"The resultant empowerment of these sections has been one of the most noteworthy features of the local government," the Commission added. (Agencies)

New Indpress

 

'BSP will play vital role in next govt'
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEK20071128002620&Page=K&Headline=%91BSP+will+play+vital+role+in+next+govt%92&Title=Southern+News+-+Karnataka&Topic=0

 

Wednesday November 28 2007 10:47 IST

Express News Service

MADIKERI: Former minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader P G R Sindhia exuded confidence that his party would play a vital role in the formation of next government in the state.

He was speaking after inaugurating a BSP district-level convention held at the Cauvery Kalakshetra in Madikeri on Tuesday. He called upon the people to support the BSP and its candidates in the coming elections. 

The BSP would emerge as a third force in the national political arena along with the Congress and the BJP, he added. Unlike BJP and Congress, the BSP would fight for the causes of SC/ST and minority sections of the society, he added.

BSP state president B Gopal presided over the function in which district president Appachu was present. Party general secretaries Sreedhara Kaliveera, Kunzhi Abdulla, taluk unit presidents were also present. On the occasion, P G R Sindhia felicitated Chitra Devaraj, BSP's only member in the CMC.

'Gowda is Kumbakarna' Sindhia came down heavily on Gowda family and termed Deve Gowda as Kumbakarna, Kumaraswamy as Gani Maga (son of the Mines) and Revanna as Rasthe Maga (son of the Roads).

Sindhia also criticised former CM B S Yedyyurappa for writing as Om Nama Shivaya on his first day as the CM. Sindhia said that Yedyyurappa had insulted the secular Constitution of the India.

Both Dhrama Yaatra of Yedyyurappa and Kumaraswamy's village stay programmes were political gimmicks where Karnataka or its people could not be benefited in any manner, Sindhia added. PGR Sindhia said that the politicians including himself were responsible for the present political situation prevailing in the state.

He also advised former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo, H D Deve Gowda to maintain the decorum of the ex-Prime Minister by seeing former Prime Ministers like I K Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajapayee and V P Singh.

Sindhia also alleged that Deve Gowda had never raised his voice in the Parliament on issues like farmers' suicides, railway line between Mangalore and Bangalore through Hassan, development of Karnataka.

 

 

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