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Forty years ago march 2 1980 assam agitation

Forty years ago march 2 1980 assam agitation
Express front page, March 02, 1980.

The all-party meeting on Assam unanimously appealed for the withdrawal of the Assam agitation “so that an atmosphere conducive to finding practical solutions to the problems of Assam can be found and implemented and normal activities resumed”. The meeting said: “We agree that the genuine grievances of all sections of the people of Assam should be removed and their apprehensions allayed… No constructive steps can, however, be taken as long as an atmosphere of agitation continues to prevail”.

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