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‘Situation persists’: Congress leader Mukul Wasnik on breaking ties with AIUDF in Assam

By PTI

GUWAHATI: Supporting the Assam Congress’s decision to break ties with AIUDF and BPF, party’s national general secretary Mukul Wasnik on Wednesday said the political situation is evolving and changing since the assembly elections held earlier this year.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the state Congress leaders would leave for Delhi on Thursday and submit a detailed report on the current political scenario in Assam to the party’s national leadership.

When asked about the Assam Pradesh Congress, he said, “I believe the APCC took the decision after due discussion on the issue. They have every right (to do so) and it is up to them to decide who to go with.” There is no objection to that.” Committee’s decision to break alliance with AIUDF

Wasnik said the Congress had joined hands with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and other opposition parties before the assembly elections earlier this year as the situation at that time demanded that all anti-BJP parties should come together. needed.

Wasnik said, “The political situation evolves from time to time. It is never static. The only thing that remains (constant) is the fundamental principles of the Indian National Congress.”

The core committee of the APCC has also decided to break its ties with the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), while another ally CPM said it only had a seat-sharing agreement with the Congress, but was not part of the alliance.

The Congress, which was in power in Assam for 15 years from 2001, formed a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ with AIUDF, BPF, CPM, CPI, CPML, Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM), RJD, Adivasi National Party (ANP) and Jimochyan . (Deori) People’s Party (JPP) to fight against the BJP-led NDA in the assembly elections this year.

When asked whether the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ still existed, Wasnik did not give a direct reply and said the state leadership would go to Delhi and submit a report to the national leaders on political developments in Assam.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government over the ambitious National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), the senior Congress leader claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to project himself as an economist, but ” fail” as he did in the case. Why demonetisation?

“For sale of India’s hard-earned money is the biggest anti-national act. The nation’s wealth built after 67 years of independence is being sold. And we know only a few of Modi’s friends will grab it,” said Wasnik. said.

He claimed that the government was targeting Rs 6 lakh crore from the listed properties, but the actual value would be more than Rs 60 lakh crore. Wasnik said, “There was no pre-estimate of the assets. The government did not take anyone into confidence. There was no discussion on this in Parliament. Complete secrecy was maintained.”

He said the Congress was not against privatization, but the UPA had envisaged disinvestment only in the case of long-run loss-making PSUs and firms with minimal or insignificant market share. Wasnik said, “The Congress specifically envisaged that there would be no disinvestment in strategic and security sectors and areas where there is a threat of monopoly or monopoly of the private sector. Core sectors are essential for the development of the nation.”

NMP will have two major consequences – income from public property will not be available for long lease period of 30 years and opportunities for India’s poor, SC, ST, OBC will be reduced as job reservation norms by PSUs will be abolished. He alleged that once the government company was privatized.

Wasnik said that the Congress does not accept the NMP and will oppose it at every platform.

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