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Assam Assembly Speaker opens up on new rules for media on campus

GUWAHATI: Assam Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary today responded to the ouster of the media personnel from the main Assembly premises owing to the COVID-19 crisis.

Daimary said that media personnel cannot enter the Assembly as the area is already too congested.

“Accordingly, we are going to allow the live telecast to be viewed from outside. They will also have access to the Ministers MLAs and CM,” Daimaru said, adding that every personnel will have access to good facilities outside the building.

He also non-partisan MLAs will be given adequate time in order to address their concerns on the Assembly floor.

Daimary also told media that as long as he is the Speaker, he will give the “single” MLAs enough time to address their issues “as they have to speak about the Constituencies in a proper manner.”

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The Speaker made this remark while responding to a query about the CM’s earlier statement that Independent MLAs will only get 2 minutes to speak in the Assembly.

Sarma, apparently taking a jibe at his bete noire Akhil Gogoi, who won from the Sivasagar Assembly Constituency, said that the ‘democracy’ cannot be “turned into an autocracy.”

“The Congress will get one hour, BJP will get two hours, and the Independent will get three minutes. Can speak whatever can be said in that time. Will participate in the Budget and everything else. We will not oppose democracy, but democracy cannot be hijacked — democratic cannot be an autocracy,” he said addressing a presser here today.

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