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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Renaming Rly station: ACKHSA flays Mamata

Renaming Rly station: ACKHSA flays Mamata

‘Why is NOC not applied while changing nomenclature of railway stations in West Bengal?’

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Dec 15: The All Cachar Karimganj and Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKSHA) has blamed Railway Minister Mamata Benerjee for the fiasco relating to the renaming of Silchar Railway Station as Bhasha Shahid Station. Addressing a press meet at the Silchar Press Club today, ACKSHA president Rupam Nandi Purkayastha pointed out that it was Mamata Banerjee who influenced the Union Home Ministry to refrain from changing the nomenclature of the railway station.

Her stand on the most emotive issue was motivated  purely on political grounds in order not to disturb the vote bank of her party in Assam as Trinamool Congress was slowly but steadily making inroad in both the valleys of Brahmaputra and Barak. Her leaders working in the State have predicted at least 25 seats in Assam in the next Assembly elections of 2011.

Purkayastha further pointed out that by taking such a stance on the issue of the people of Barak Valley, Mamata Banerjee apprehended similar demands being raised in Brahmaputra Valley. He was of the view that she took a “motivated decision”. He asked, “why is NOC not being taken in West Bengal for renaming stations, trains and metros?” He said his Association would extend all support to the movement of Sammilit Sanskritik Mancha for the Bhasha Sahid Station. It would actively participate in the agitational programme of the Mancha on Wednesday and in future also. He cautioned since it was a question of pride and glory of lakhs of people of Barak Valley, ACKSHA would also support any other organization for the cause.

On the question of 14 active members of his Association led by Pervez Ahmed Mazumder joining the youth front of Trinamool Congress, Nandi Purkayastha said Pervez was expelled from the organization for anti-ACKSHA activities. He claimed others who have been shown as deserters would soon rejoin ACKSHA and he added that they would be presented before the media. THE SENTINEL

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