Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday took potshots at Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for the latter’s decision to scrap district status awarded to East Kamrup and South Kamrup. The former Chief Minister urged Chief Minister Sonowal to revoke the decision.
Gogoi said, ‘It is very unfortunate that government has decided to scrap district status of East and South Kamrup. Majuli, from where Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal contested in the last election was given district status. However, we all know that Majuli lacks adequate infrastructure. I think the government should seriously reconsider its decision.’
The Sarbananda Sonowal government on Friday decided to withdraw district status bestowed on South Kamrup and East Kamrup districts, reducing the total number of districts in Assam from 35 to 33, and to constitute a cabinet sub-committee to decide on the viability of 24 subdivisions created by the previous Congress regime. Out of seven new districts created by the previous Congress government, five districts – Charaideo, Hojai, South Salmara-Mankachar, Biswanath and West Karbi Anglong – will remain the same.