Congress forms coordination panel in violence-hit Assam

July 27th, 2012 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, 26 (IANS) Amid concerns over the communal violence in Assam and its handling by the Tarun Gogoi government, the Congress Tuesday set up a 10-member coordination committee to improve working of the state administration.

The panel is headed by the chief minister and includes party leaders including state Congress chief Bhubaneswar Kalita, B.K. Handique and Santosh Mohan Deb.

The party also set up 10 member manifesto implementation committee headed by Kalita.

The coordination committee is expected to discuss the working of state government and make suggestions for its improvement.

A party statement said the panels had been approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party has slammed Gogoi government over its handling of communal situation, the state administration has faced flak from sections of the Congress also.

Congress sources said that some party MPs belonging to the Muslim community, including former Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan have expressed their reservations over the state government’s ability to control violence.

Party general secretary Digvijay Singh, who is incharge of Assam, however, Thursday defended the chief minister over his handling of ethnic violence in the state.

He said Assam government had taken all the steps that could have been taken under the law.

Singh said Gogoi was an experienced politician and an extremely sensitive person.

Tension prevailed in Assam’s Kokrajhar and Chirang districts Thursday even after security forces poured in following loss of 41 lives in sectarian strife.

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