Cong moves adjournment movement on border row with Mizoram, unloading stage | Popgen Tech
The winter session of the Assam Legislative Assembly began on a whim on December 20 with opposition Congress and CPI(M) members staging a walkout from the house after the Speaker refused to discuss an adjournment motion on alleged Mizoram run a government school in Cachar. district
Speaker Biswajit Daimary declined a discussion on the adjournment motion moved by Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia and supported by CPI(M) member Manaoranjan Talukdar and Independent MP Akhil Gogoi.
Referring to a media report Saikia said, “No school 990 Dholapur LP under Dholai Constituency in Cachar district was destroyed in blast by miscreants from Mizoram side on November 6, 2020. Now govt. Mizoram has used this school building for a new Saihapui V Primary School under the Sarba Siksha Abhijan (SSA) Mission.
“It was an Assam government school. Now, they have opened a Mizo school in the same building. How can this happen when the CRPF was deployed as a neutral force between the two states?” asked Saikia.
“There were two sets of ministerial level talks between Assam and Mizoram. Our chief minister held two rounds of discussions with the chief minister of Mizoram on the border dispute. Both states decided to maintain the status quo until the final settlement of the border dispute. he said.
“We want to discuss this case. We want our land and we cannot surrender like this. We bring acts, but how will we implement these if we do not have our land? It is a matter of urgency ,” the Congress leader said.
“I have examined the adjournment notice. I agree it is an important topic. But it can be discussed in another device other than adjournment motion,” Daimary said while rejecting the motion.
“We can discuss this through other devices such as Zero Hour or Cut Motion. For this, the postponement of all the day’s work is not required,” the Speaker said.
Supporting the speaker’s decision, parliamentary affairs minister Pijush Hazarika appealed to opposition members to discuss the issue at another time.
On this, the Congress, CPI(M) and Independent MLAs started shouting with their demands and went to the House of Commons.
They also showed placards and some paper cuttings about the alleged violation of the school.
And the speaker decided to move on to the next item on the agenda of the day, the opposition members staged a walkout after being in the Well of the House for about 10 minutes.
Earlier, members of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) also staged a walkout after the speaker rejected an adjournment motion to discuss the Batadraca Sattra eviction contest in Nagaon district.
After the Question Hour, Daimary informed the House that he rejected the motion brought by the AIUDF to discuss the eviction contest in Batadrava in Nagaon district.
“I have no objection on the subject. These can be discussed in other ways. There is no need to postpone all the work of the day and discuss the matter in the Chamber,” Daimary said.
AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam replied that the issue is very recent and of great importance to the people.
“The government is asking people to apply for land rights under Basundhara Mission 2.0. On the other hand, it makes homeless people who were once settled there by the state government earlier. Why is this a double standard?” Islam said.
However, the speaker reiterated that the issue can be discussed on other devices after which the AIUDF MLAs started shouting and demanding to discuss the issue under the adjournment motion.
Responding to the query, Pijush Hazarika said that the eviction issue can be discussed during the Revenue Department inquiry and in other matters.
Then the AIUDF members went to the Home Estate, displayed placards and raised slogans against the eviction exercise of the Assam government.
The BJP MPs also went to the Well of the House and gave counter slogans to the AIUDF members.
With the speaker not paying any heed to their demand, the AIUDF MPs staged a Protest in the Assam Assembly.
Later, AIUDF MLA Ashraful Hussain told reporters outside the House that all the legislators went to Batadrava to take stock of the situation arising out of the eviction drive.