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No displeasure over ministry expansion: BJP

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, April 28: Reacting to the widespread criticism pouring into the Sonowal Cabinet’s first-ever expansion and reshuffling of various portfolios, the state BJP today expressed that there were no grievances and displeasure within the party. 
 “There’re more than 88 various religious, ethno-linguistic and dialectic groups across Assam. Hence, the hopes and aspiration of the party lagislators and the allies cannot be fulfilled considering their socio-cultural feature”, said party spokespersons Manuj Boruah and Muminul Aowal in the communiqué. 
The duo further stressed that the intention of the much awaited expansion and reshuffling was not to mitigate either the demand of the majority or the minority. They also said that there are already two minority legislators in the State cabinet. The spokesperson highlighted that the induction of a ministerial berth falls under the prerogative of the Chief Minister.
During the Congress regime, the minority affairs department was customarily conferred to a legislator from the religious minority. Nevertheless, there were no sign of development in the minority areas. The Congress party categorically allotted the department only to lure the minority votes, the communiqué said.     
Emphasizing the initiative undertaken by the present regime, the spokesperson revealed that the BJP-led government in the State is going to open at least 21 world class residential schools in different minority areas for which Rs 30.42 crore per school. Moreover, the Department of Education will also kick off at least 7 women colleges in various minority-concentrated locations.  Alleging that the Congress never wanted to transform the minority people and their places, the spokespersons said that the BJP regime is committed to bring real life and all-around development in the minority areas. 

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