Tuesday, February 22, 2005

INDIA: CPI-M doesn’t see Bangladesh design

The image “http://www.daojonz.com/images/interview/mca/evil_design.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.In a written clarification to the press, Das also said that as published in the UNI report on February 14, he had never linked the activities of the ISI-backed fundamentalist forces in the North-east with the problem of influx. According to him, his party "abhors the interpretation of the problems of infiltration on communal lines and has consistently been demanding that illegal migration of both Hindus and Muslims be stopped."
Dismembering India impossible : Das
CPI-M doesn’t see B’desh design

GUWAHATI, Feb 21: CPI(M) central committee member Hemen Das today stoutly refuted a UNI report published in The Sentinel on February 14 which had quoted him as having said that Bangladesh-based fundamentalist forces were trying to create a "greater Islamic state comprising Bangladesh, Assam, Tripura and North Bengal". Das, while talking to The Sentinel today, said that although the CPI(M) has not ruled out the possibility of a reported design of the ISI-CIA backed fundamentalist forces to destabilize the north-eastern region, as alleged by the CPI State Committee recently, the party thinks that it is not possible for the secessionist forces to disintegrate India.

In a written clarification to the press, Das also said that as published in the UNI report on February 14, he had never linked the activities of the ISI-backed fundamentalist forces in the North-east with the problem of influx. According to him, his party "abhors the interpretation of the problems of infiltration on communal lines and has consistently been demanding that illegal migration of both Hindus and Muslims be stopped."

Regarding the reported statement of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharyya on the issue, he said, "I categorically told the UNI reporter that I had not seen the statement of Mr Bhattacharyya and hence I could not comment on that. However, the reporter not only distorted my statement but also concocted the story."

"I, hereby, deny the statement as quoted and register my protest against the distorted and concocted reporting of the UNI. This clarification and protest was delayed since I stayed in Tripura from February 14 to 18 and missed the opportunity to go through the news item in time," Das said.

Referring to the alleged secret mission of the CIA under the code name ‘Operation Brahmaputra’ in late seventies, Das told The Sentinel that dismembering of India was not possible at that time also. "The secessionist forces have no such strength by which they can dismember India, in this twenty-first century in particular," he said.

Admitting that the party was concerned over the influx of foreign nationals, Das said that his party had demanded sealing of the borders along Bangladesh and detection and deportation of the post 1971 infiltrators. Besides, the party had also suggested preparation of a National Citizens’ Register with the inclusion of names of all Indian citizens residing in Assam taking March 25, 1971 as the cutoff year, he added.

Regarding the demand made by the CPI of keeping the number of district-wise Assembly constituencies same in the ongoing delimitation process, Das said his party also has favoured the demand. A status quo in this regard should be maintained to "keep the development process undisturbed," he said. It may be mentioned that the CPI, pointing out to the reported abnormal growth of population in some centres of the lower Assam districts, has made it clear that until the detection and deportation of the illegal migrants are completed, the number of Assembly segments in the districts as it exists today, should not be disturbed. However, the CPI(M) leader said the delimitation process is now in a preliminary stage and only when the Election Commission will hear the political parties on the draft delimitation report, his party will clear its stand.