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Motion on law&order moved in Assam House

GUWAHATI Oct. 3. The autumn session of the Assam Assembly began today with the combined Opposition moving an adjournment motion on the law and order situation and the Speaker, Mr. Prithivi Majhi, reserving his ruling on the admissibility of the motion.

The motion was moved jointly by Brindaban Goswami (AGP), Ms. Pramila Rani Brahma (Bodo Democratic Legislature Party), Bimalangshu Roy (BJP) and Dharmasingh Teron (ASDC-U).

They wanted a discussion on the Government's alleged failure to deal effectively with the activities of the ISI, Al Qaeda and other Islamic fundamentalist groups in Assam.

The leader of the AGP group, Mr. Goswami, referred to the statement of the Union Minister of State for Coal and Mines, Ravi Shankar Prasad, made here on Tuesday that the State Government had not taken adequate steps to contain fundamentalist and terrorist groups, to buttress his demand for a discussion.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Bharat Narah, said the motion could not be admitted because it did not relate to anything of immediate public importance but to a chronic problem. The Speaker reserved his ruling.

The Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, returned from Delhi on Tuesday after a month and a half, recovering from an illness. He attended the House and answered questions, belying rumours that he was too weak, and questions meant for him would be answered by the senior minister, Dr. Bhumidhar Barman.

The former Chief Minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, also attended the House after a long time.

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