Opposition walks out of Assam House over dam issue

GUWAHATI: The entire opposition, led by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), today staged a walkout in the Assam assembly today over the speaker’s refulsal to admit an adjournment motion on building of mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the admissibility of the motion, leader of opposition Prafulla Kukar Mahanta said the lower Subsansiri dam project will have adverse downstream impact in the state and called for its closure.

Mahanta, two-time former chief minister, said that an assembly expert committee as well as experts from the field were already of the view that building of mega dams will adversely affect people of the state.

Despite such reservations why the present government under the leadership of chief minister Tarun Gogoi was in favour of big dams, the former chief minister wondered.

AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary alleged the government had succumbed to a certain industrial lobby and allowed the Centre to sanction as many as 183 megal dam projects in that state.

Vowing to oppose the government the AGP president threatened a state-wide movement if the government went ahead with the mega dam projects.

Several opposition leaders including state BJP president Ranjit Dutta also spoke in favour of the admissibility of the adjournment motion as it was a matter of 'serious concern'.

But as speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai refused to admit the adjournment motion the entire opposition walked out of the house.