Letters to the Editor

 Original ones neglected
The long awaited Cabinet expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal Ministry was carried out on April 26 after getting the green signal frpm the BJP headquarters. Seven MLAs were inducted into the ministfy. But the sad part of the episode is that the old and original members were neglected and few new members were preferred. Prasanta Phukan, a three-time MLA of Dibrugarh was a notable absentee. Prasanta Phukan got elected from the prestigious Dibrugarh LAC defeating the powerful Paban Singh Ghatowar. During that period BJP didn’t have a strong organisational base in Upper Assam and beating a Congress candidate was considered next to impossible. He was the architect of establishing the first flag pole of the BJP in Upper Assam. On the other hand, Piyush Hazarika  who joined the saffron party on the eve of the Assembly polls was preferred over a senior and loyal leader like Prasanta Phukan. It is a bad decision on the part of the BJP leadership to neglect such a leader. Rest is upto Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma to think and ponder.
Gaurav Chowdhury,
GNB Road Guwahati.

The New Ministers
As anticipated, the long cherished expansion of the Ministry led by Sarbananda Sonowal has been materialized with the swearing in ceremony of the newly inducted seven ministers. The name of Dibrugarh’s veteran MLA Prasanta Phukon is conspicuous by its absence. So is the case with Botodroba’s first time MLA Angurlata Deka. It  rather  amuses us  to note that when the BJP  harps  on the string of ‘Beti’, there is not a single representation  of the so called ‘Beti’ from  BJP’s own end. The only  consolation the woman folk  can take  is that there is at least one representation  from among them  in the person  of Pramila Rani Brahma. In our opinion, Ranjit   Dutta, the irrigation Minister, ought  to have been removed  from the Ministry, keeping in view  the serious allegation  labelled against him by a tainted  official of the Irrigation Department  who is  in jail after being  caught while  accepting  bribe. Water resource  department’s Keshab Mahanta’s worth will be proved at the time  of  the next  floods .The  new ministers  inducted ought to be careful  about  discharging  their  duties honestly, remembering ‘Action should speak  louder than words’. We wish them all the best.
Ashok Bordoloi,