A CBI inquiry into the Assam violence has been initiated and the Army put on alert, the Government told the Rajya Sabha today as the Opposition alleged that the region was not safe because of vote bank politics being indulged in by the ruling Congress.

Replying to a debate on the issue of violence in Assam that has so far claimed 74 lives, Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, said the Government was taking the issue seriously and has already initiated a CBI inquiry to ascertain the causes behind violent incidents.

“The Government is taking this issue very seriously. A CBI team has gone there and an inquiry has started....I have instructed the Army to be alert,” he said.

He also listed the steps taken by the Government to provide relief and rehabilitation, but the Opposition dismissed what he said by creating an uproar.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition, Arun Jaitley, charged the Government with adopting the policy of vote bank politics that led to the current violent incidents in the State and alleged that the region was “not safe in its hands” if such a policy continued.

Jaitley also urged the Government to look again at “this vote-bank policy” and start identifying the real problem of illegal infiltration that was causing unrest in the area.

“If you adopt the original line of Gopinath Bordoloi (who wanted the cultural and linguistic identity of the North East) India will be safe in your hands. But if you adopt vote bank politics, I don’t think this region is safe in your hands,” he said.

(This article was published on August 9, 2012)
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