GOLAGHAT, May 2: The decision of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government to hand over some heritage sites of Assam to private companies has been slammed by various organizations of Assam. The activists of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti (CMSS) Golaghat district on Wednesday staged protest near the Deputy Commissioner’s office against the decision of the BJP government to hand over four heritage sites – Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Shiva Dol and Kaziranga National Park – to corporate companies. They shouted various slogans against the Modi and Sonowal governments for ‘ignoring’ the sentiments of Assamese people.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Golaghat and Bokakhat units, staged protest by displaying black flags against the government’s decision and demanded withdrawal of the move. Talking to media, chief organizing secretary of AASU, Raju Phukan said that move to hand over world heritage site Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and three Sivasagar-based archaeological sites — Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar and Shiva Dol – to Jungle Travels India group under the Central Government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme was not acceptable.
He slammed Sarbananda Sonowal for assuring protection of jati-mati-bheti of Assamese people before elections but ignoring the sentiments of the people of Assam after coming to power. He said that if the government went ahead with its plan, they would launch massive protests against the government.