Former CM Tarun Gogoi addressing a press conference at his residence in Guwahati on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Criticising the government of betraying the interests of various ethnic tribes of Assam, former state chief minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi, has demanded that the Centre must make the high-level committee report on Clause 6 public.

Addressing a press conference at his residence of Thursday, Gogoi said that the government assured that clause 6 of Assam accord will be implemented once the report comes, for which a committee headed by Justice (retd) BK Sarmah was formed. “They have submitted the report but what we have seen is the Central government instead of thanking them, have ignored them. That ignorance is not only for the committee but also for all the people of Assam,” said Gogoi.

The report was submitted by the committee chairman Justice (retd) BK Sarmah to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday, who is supposed to submit it to the Union home ministry.

Demanding that the report should have been published, the former CM questioned the government for keeping the document a secret?

It is to be mentioned that when the report was submitted, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma emphasised that it is in sealed covers, and neither the state nor the Centre has seen it.

Further, referring to the finance minister’s comments regarding discussion about the definition of Assamese in the state assembly, Gogoi claimed that all these are tactics to delay the implementation. He said, “You have made the committee and according to that you should have implemented it.”

Gogoi claimed that Clause 6 report is likely to meet the same fate as NRC. He said, “You have assured that there would be no changes in the documents, so we are expecting the same. I am asking again, why it is kept in secret? It should be open. I have already said that this won’t be implemented. They will make this a waste paper as they did with the NRC.”

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