In a sharp attack on the BJP government, the Congress on Monday alleged that while nearly 80 tribals were killed in the Assam massacre, the Centre didn't announce any state mourning, and instead it remained busy celebrating the Good Governance Day.
"More than 80 tribals were killed by Bodo terrorists in Assam but the Centre remained a mute spectator and instead celebrated good governance day," said former state Congress president Kantilal Bhuria at a press conference on Monday. He accused the BJP of taking help of extremist and separatists for electoral gains.
The Congress leader said the tribals in the country are worried and restless as they feel that the government is indifferent towards them. He added that developmental schemes aimed at tribal welfare that were initiated under the UPA regime were being stopped by the Union government.
"Funds meant for welfare of tribal welfare are cut by the Centre," said Bhruia, who was earlier union minister for tribal affairs. He regretted that UPA government's scheme to give 'patta' (land deed) to tribals on the land where they were living, was not implemented in the state and alleged that this scheme has now been shelved by the Centre.