The Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) has submitted a memorandum to the chairman of Airports Authority of India expressing dismay at the centre’s “unilateral and autocratic decision” to hand over several airports, including the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati, to the Adani Group.
AJP general secretary Jagdish Bhuyan stated in the memorandum that Guwahati airport is named after “ a well-known freedom fighter, the first chief minister of undivided Assam, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He is one of the most respected and revered personalities in the North East, having not only fought for our freedom alongside Mahatma Gandhi, but also for the people of Assam’s right to remain with India when there was pressure from some quarters to include Assam in Pakistan”.
“This backdrop, we believe, is more than enough to convince you that Bharat Ratna Late Gopinath Bordoloi’s name is synonymous with Axomiya pride and identity, and we will never allow anyone to attack our identity or show disrespect to Axomiya Icon Bharat Ratna late Gopinath Bordoloi’s ever shining name,” he stated.
He added, “It has come to our attention that the airports given to Adani Group on lease for the next 50 years include Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Trivendram, Bangalore, and Guwahati. Adani Group has already taken control of five of these.”
“Moreover, Adani Group increased rates for these services by ten-fold, causing significant hardship for passengers and squeezing already beleaguered travellers who have been hit hard by a sharp drop in the economy and financial resources as a result of the pandemic.,” he stated.
“We are writing to warn both the Adani Group and the Government of India about the proposed privatisation of LGBI. We will not allow this to happen in Assam in order to trample on Axomiya’s rights and identity and to have a free run to loot the gullible travellers travelling to and from the State. If the decision to privatise LGBI is not reversed, we will be forced to continue our massive democratic protest,” Bhuyan stated.