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“Why no action against Himanta?” Assam Congress digs up CM’s old ‘Jai Bangladesh’ remark

By Naveen Bharat Editorial

Guwahati: The Congress in Assam on Sunday asked the police why no action was taken against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his ‘Jai Bangladesh’ remark in the state assembly two years ago.

“We will not give protection to anyone for any act against the law. But we cannot accept the inaction of the police against BJP MPs and ministers taking law into their own hands.

“Let the organizations following us also talk about the person who raised the slogan of ‘Jai Bangladesh’ in the assembly. Why was no action taken against the Chief Minister? He asked.

The issue was raised in the wake of the arrest of Congress MLA Sharman Ali Ahmed for making provocative statements on the killing of eight youths in Darang during the Assam agitation in 1983.

The party issued a show cause notice to Ahmed and is likely to suspend him till the night. After his arrest, the MLA had demanded, “Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma should be arrested for making communal remarks”.

In December 2019, Sarma made this statement when some members of the opposition were opposing the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Assembly.

Later an FIR was registered against him. Stating that the law has fixed accountability for the police, Bora asked, “Will the police act as directed by the ministers and legislators or the police act?”

VP inaugurates hospital infrastructure

GUWAHATI: Cancer treatment in Assam, which reports around 52,000 new cases every year, is set to be augmented with the setting up of a PET-MRI wing at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati.

It was inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday.

He was in Assam on a tour of the northeastern states. Established at a cost of Rs 62 crore, this is the first of its kind PET-MRI wing in the Northeast and the fourth such facility set up in a government hospital in the country.

The machine works faster than PET-CT and is essential for advanced cancer research activities.

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