Two time Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi has clarified that, he is not against big dams in North East India, but only against the problems pointed out by the expert panel and demanded that they should be addressed.
Tarun Gogoi has also accused that AGP ( Assam Gana Parishad) had supported big dams in North East India during their tenure in 1996 to 2001 and now that they are in opposition, they have changed their stand.
Recently, AGP had accused Congress Government in Assam of not heeding to popular sentiment by people of Assam against construction of big dams in Arunachal Pradesh. Incidentally, Akhil Gogoi, secretary of KMSS ( Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) spearheads the ant dam movement in Assam and routinely accused by Congress leaders of wrking under influence of Prafull Kumar Mahanta, ex-chief minister of Assam.
It is interesting to note that, CM Tarun Gogoi has made his stand clear about not opposing construction of big dams in Arunachal Pradesh, in the process he seems to have been inspired by Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. Since Prafulla Kumar Mahanta too supported big dams in North East India, so, it is natural that CM Tarun Gogoi is also supporting it!
Most probably, the chief minister has forgotten that he is not talking about Cadbury’s Chocolate, if my predecessor ca have one, I would also have one! The big dams is about people of Assam who are facing danger, flora and fauna of various reserved forest who are facing extinction.
While electricity is essential for modern lifestyle as well as glitzy malls in metros, but one should not forget about the damages it does while producing electricity.
News Source : Assam Tribune